Power losses cut in half
Local utility crews, with help from other jurisdictions, as of Saturday morning were able to restore electricity to about half of High Point customers who lost power following Thursday’s ice storm.
City Manager Strib Boynton said as of around 8 a.m. Saturday, about 16,000 High Point customers were still without power, down from 32,000 as of Friday night. The city has 41,000 total customers.
“We are making clear progress,” said City Manager Strib Boynton.
High Point crews on Saturday morning were getting assistance from crews from Concord, Kings Mountain and Greenville.
“If all goes as we hope and there are no unexpected problems, those without power should be significantly reduced today,” Boynton said. “We hope to have everyone back on tomorrow.”
Boynton said power is back on city wastewater plants and at the lift and pump stations. Power was expected to be restored to the water plant, which has been running on generator power, by Saturday morning.
Crews also continue to cut and clear the thousands of downed trees and limbs that remain scattered throughout the city.
Boynton said the Ingleside Compost Facility is open for business for residents who want to drop off their storm debris without charge. It also will be open Sunday.