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Snow Causes Thousands Of Outages


December 11, 2017

The snow’s weekend visit to Transylvania County beginning Friday left many without power by Saturday morning.

With reports of up to 12 inches of snow in some areas, Duke Energy and Haywood Electric reported thousands of outages throughout the county.

On Sunday, there were still people without power.

“Our power went out at 8:30 Friday night and was off until today (Sunday) at 12:30 p.m.,” said Kimberly Ashe of Pisgah Forest.

Ashe said she lost food in her refrigerator because of it spoiling, and she had to purchase six lanterns to use for light.

“We bought the last kerosene heater at Lowes, and we nearly froze to death Friday and Saturday night,” she said. “Our kids are now sick, and we had to travel out just to get food and a shower. I think Duke Energy should be required to have the power on within 24 hours, send all families affected a check to buy food that was lost and it should be required that no trees stand within 50 feet of a power line.”

Chris Jones, who lives on Lambs Creek Road, said he lost power at 1:30 Saturday morning and left for his father’s house behind Straus Park.

“The inconvenience was typical of any situation when you don’t have power during a snow storm,” Jones said. “There are other people who have disabled family members who had more to deal with than me.”

As of this morning, Duke Energy and Haywood Electric were reporting zero power outages.

In addition to outages, there were icy roads and felled trees.

A heavy layer of snow caused Rockbrook Camp’s new covered riding facility on Greenville Highway to collapse.

“The adjacent barns were unharmed,” said the Free Rein Center’s Executive Director Cecily Timmons on a Facebook post. “No horses were injured during the event and they remain under continued care by our dedicated staff. We are deeply saddened by this horrible event, but grateful for the safety of our houses and friends, and we will be working with Rockbrook Camp family to move forward from this tragedy.”

The N.C. Highway Patrol said there were 26 calls for service over the weekend.

According to Transylvania County Emergency Management, a shelter for those without power was not set up because it was not requested, but they are always prepared to set one up if it is requested.

Brevard Fire Department had responded to 34 incidents since the start of the snow on Friday.

The department was up around 30 more incidents than from its total amount of incidents from last year. The majority of the incidents were a direct result of the severe weather. The incidents ranged from power lines down, motor-vehicle collisions, fire alarms, natural gas leaks and medical calls.

The department prepared for the severe weather by adding more staff.

There were no major injuries at the incidents to which the department responded.


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