Broad River Electric sends 4 lineworkers to help restore Charleston area
(l-r) Tyler Gibson, Steve Adams, Jacob Snapp, and Lee Yarborough
GAFFNEY, S.C., October 9, 2016 - Four lineworkers from Broad River Electric left for Moncks Corner before sunrise Sunday morning to help their sister cooperative Berkeley Electric with the restoration and reconstruction efforts needed after Hurricane Matthew swept through there Saturday.
Tyler Gibson, Steve Adams, Jacob Snapp, and Lee Yarborough took two bucket trucks and a digger truck with them and will join other crews to assist the state’s largest cooperative, which saw half of its system lose power because of the hurricane.
Some members of the Broad River Electric team are not strangers to helping out in these times of need. Gibson, Adams and Yarborough most recently were dispatched to Aiken Electric after a 2014 winter storm caused extensive damage to that system. This is Yarborough’s sixth such trip, going back to Hurricane Hugo when he was a part-time employee and was sent to neighboring York Electric. For Snapp, who has been with the cooperative for just a year, it’s his first time working outside of the Broad River Electric system.
“The commitment that these men make is tremendous,” said Broad River Electric President and CEO Terry Mallard. “They’ve been restoring outages here all weekend and now they are headed down to Berkeley to help their members.
“We are fortunate to have not really been affected by the hurricane, but we also know that if we needed it, the state’s other cooperatives would come to our aid as well.”
As of Saturday night, 292,000 outages were affecting nearly 40-percent of the entire cooperative distribution system. In addition to crews from local cooperatives, lineworkers from Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia are also in the Palmetto State to help make repairs.
As of Sunday morning, a total of about 1,000 Broad River Electric members were affected by outages over the weekend.
Broad River Electric Cooperative is one of 20 not-for-profit, member-owned electric co-ops in South Carolina. From our headquarters in Gaffney, SC, we serve approximately 18,000 homes and businesses over 2,600 miles of power lines in Cherokee, Spartanburg, Union, and Newberry counties in South Carolina and portions of Cleveland, Polk, and Rutherford counties in North Carolina.