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Christmas storm fells trees, causes outages

Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 10:58 am

A number of trees were downed in the county during the storm that blew through on Christmas evening, but none were reported to have damaged homes.

According to the E911 Communications Center, calls came in about trees blocking the roads on Blankenship Hollow, Buggar Hollow, Duck Branch, Providence Road and Ables Lane.

Fayetteville Public Utilities crews spent Christmas night taking care of scattered power outages caused by the storms.

According to FPU, the electric system held up well during the storm. The system had one pole down because a tree fell into the line, causing the pole to break. FPU received reports of scattered outages throughout the system with outages in the southern part of the county in the Bellview area due to lightning and in the western part of the county in the Bradshaw Creek area. 

In total, approximately 350 customers were affected that night, according to FPU. 

“The progressive pole changing and tree trimming programs have created a system that is dependable and reliable and one that survived well during the strong winds on Christmas night,” said Britt Dye, FPU’s CEO and general manager.

“I appreciate the hard work of the operations crews and the support of the board through these aggressive programs. Both have helped provide reliable service to our customers.”

In a separate matter on Wednesday morning, an equipment failure caused an outage at the Lincoln County Courthouse, according to FPU. This outage was unrelated to the weather on Christmas night and was resolved in a timely manner, officials said.