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Berkeley Electric says there were crews restoring power throughout the winter storm outages

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Today, crews at Berkeley Electric Co-op are working to restore power to the last homes still without power in their service area.


There was some discussion online that Berkeley Electric quit repairing outages overnight Wednesday night into Thursday morning. We spoke with Eddie McKnight, a vice-president of Berkeley Electric.

He told us those reports are not true. "Our crews will work through the night and into the next day. And then they get rest at that point. And it worked out in this storm that the crews from out of town showed up about that time yesterday, and worked through the night last night."

McKnight said there was no time that crews were not working to repair outages.

People like Journeyman Lineman Ronnie Prioleau have been working hard restoring power. "It's pretty hard going. And we do all we can for the consumers to get the lights on as soon as possible, as safe as we can, and the main thing is looking out for each other."

On Wednesday, we spoke with Jinaris Rhames when her power was out. Today, we stopped back by now that her power is back on. Jinaris said, "It's wonderful. Feels good to have heat again."

She said it didn't take long for power to be restored. "Just a couple hours. The power was restored within a couple hours. You don't miss what you have until it's gone."

She loves the linemen who made those repairs, "thank you, thank you, thank you. I thank God for them."

Ronnie says that's what makes the hard work worth it. "It's a great thing to see a smile
on their face, to know the light is coming on. You are proud that you can do that for them.

Eddie says he wants to assure the Lowcountry that they had people just like Ronnie repairing lines the entire time. "I would like people to know that our crews, or their replacements or substitutes, were rotating in and out at all times, from the time the storm started, and they are still working today. They do have to
get rest as anyone does in any organization, but we worked around the clock from beginning to end."

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