“Like everyone else in Horry County, we’ve been staying tuned to local media and have been keeping track of current road conditions,” says James P. “Pat” Howle, executive vice president and CEO of Horry Electric Cooperative.
Temperatures have not been above freezing since the wintry mix starting hitting our area yesterday and road conditions deteriorated overnight. “They haven’t gotten any better today,” says Howle. “Officials are strongly urging motorists to stay off of the roads.”
According to a report updated at 1:36 this afternoon on WMBF’s website, accidents are increasing as motorists drive on treacherous roadways. “The extremely icy and dangerous road conditions factored heavily into our decision to keep the office closed for business today,” says Howle, adding that the safety of members and employees is always high on the list of priorities for the Cooperative.
“We didn’t have any outages on the system this morning and don’t expect to have any issues, but work crews remain on standby to go out and make repairs, if necessary,” says Howle. Standby crews also include service representatives to answer phone calls related to outages. “Everyone is ready to spring in to action at a moment’s notice,” he continues.
“Things should be greatly improved tomorrow, so we’re planning on opening the office for business at noon,” says Howle. All office employees will report in time to open the doors to members and open the switchboard to answer calls at noon. Construction crews will report for duty at 8 a.m.
“We appreciate the tremendous job everyone did preparing for what could have been a significant outage event for our members,” says Howle. “We prepared for the worst, hoped for the best and our prayers were definitely answered.”