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Power restriction lifted; visitors back tomorrow
Posted By: Heinz57obx - (Send PM)
Member Since: 10/28/2012
Location: Oakton, VA/Waves, NC
Total Posts: 116

Date Posted: 8/3/2017 4:58 PM










Dear CHEC Member,

Transmission power has been restored to all of Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island. Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative and contracted crews completed all work to construct the new overhead transmission line near Oregon Inlet and have energized the cable. Each of the seven villages on Hatteras Island have been removed from generator power and are now receiving power from the cooperative’s transmission lines.

Dare County officials have lifted the mandatory evacuation for all visitors to Hatteras Island, beginning at noon on Friday. All electricity conservation appeals for Hatteras Island have been lifted.

The cooperative would like to extend thanks to cooperative and contract crews for their tireless efforts to restore power, and to cooperative members and visitors of Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands for their continued patience and support during this unprecedented event. Finally, CHEC thanks NCDOT, Dare County and state officials for their continued support and resources during restoration efforts.

This will be CHEC’s last advisory for the event.



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RE: Power restriction lifted; visitors back tomorrow
Posted By: JoyinVirginia - (Send PM)
Member Since: 1/20/2014
Location: New Kent VA and Nags Head
Total Posts: 502

Date Posted: 8/3/2017 5:00 PM




Hooray! This is amazing, that it was done so quickly!

RE: Power restriction lifted; visitors back tomorrow
Posted By: ktoomey - (Send PM)
Member Since: 10/27/2015
Location: South Central PA
Total Posts: 5

Date Posted: 8/3/2017 5:02 PM




I for one am so excited as we have reservations for Sunday Banana Banana Thank you to all who got this done so quickly! Can't wait to see my favorite place!!

RE: Power restriction lifted; visitors back tomorrow
Posted By: obxmini - (Send PM)
Member Since: 7/26/2014
Location: SE NY
Total Posts: 1646

Date Posted: 8/3/2017 6:23 PM




Beer Martini Glass Fish Clapping smiley Very happy for all who live there, work there and are visiting!

RE: Power restriction lifted; visitors back tomorrow
Posted By: HGY12S - (Send PM)
Member Since: 2/2/2014
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Total Posts: 71

Date Posted: 8/3/2017 6:35 PM




Hooray! This is amazing, that it was done so quickly!



Agree!!

The men and women who worked on these crews should be publicly recognized in some way......Maybe the villages could sponsor a day in their honor...... Take up a collection and have the crews and their families down for a day of beach and BBQ on the house. The dedication and quick work of the teams probably saved quite a few business from a long hard winter... Just thinking out loud. Theeth smiley

RE: Power restriction lifted; visitors back tomorrow
Posted By: hoi toide - (Send PM)
Member Since: 5/24/2007
Location: Swamp Life
Total Posts: 13176

Date Posted: 8/3/2017 6:38 PM




Yaay!!!! Banana Banana Banana Banana Banana

RE: Power restriction lifted; visitors back tomorrow
Posted By: Squid Pro Quo - (Send PM)
Member Since: 7/21/2008
Location:
Total Posts: 4709

Date Posted: 8/3/2017 6:38 PM




PCL has a link on their Facebook page for claims forms. I think I remember mentioning that there will be a time for your claim, and it is now. Don't fall prey to hungry attorneys that want to suck down half of your claim.

RE: Power restriction lifted; visitors back tomorrow
Posted By: ThomasTiger - (Send PM)
Member Since: 9/3/2013
Location: CT (Metro NYC)
Total Posts: 775

Date Posted: 8/3/2017 7:09 PM




PCL has a link on their Facebook page for claims forms. I think I remember mentioning that there will be a time for your claim, and it is now. Don't fall prey to hungry attorneys that want to suck down half of your claim.



Here is the link:
http://outerbanks.pcl.com

RE: Power restriction lifted; visitors back tomorrow
Posted By: Route168 - (Send PM)
Member Since: 8/25/2012
Location: NoVA by way of CT
Total Posts: 247

Date Posted: 8/11/2017 9:11 AM




So what did people who had trips planned that week on HI do?

RE: Power restriction lifted; visitors back tomorrow
Posted By: Callie99 - (Send PM)
Member Since: 7/7/2010
Location: geocenter of Ky
Total Posts: 116

Date Posted: 8/11/2017 4:19 PM




To be blunt they stayed home/returned home.
There are many threads about what many are now doing to recover their lost funds. Sadly the "vacation" time can, in most cases, not be replaced.

RE: Power restriction lifted; visitors back tomorrow
Posted By: K4HAT - (Send PM)
Member Since: 10/11/2007
Location: Frisco NC
Total Posts: 897

Date Posted: 8/11/2017 10:08 PM




Hooray! This is amazing, that it was done so quickly!



Agree!!

The men and women who worked on these crews should be publicly recognized in some way......Maybe the villages could sponsor a day in their honor...... Take up a collection and have the crews and their families down for a day of beach and BBQ on the house. The dedication and quick work of the teams probably saved quite a few business from a long hard winter... Just thinking out loud. Theeth smiley



were working on it. The jist of the current plans are a wee bit secret but it does involve the entire Hatteras island community. smiley

RE: Power restriction lifted; visitors back tomorrow
Posted By: FirebirdNC - (Send PM)
Member Since: 7/9/2012
Location: Hatteras,NC
Total Posts: 249

Date Posted: 8/12/2017 8:57 AM





were working on it. The jist of the current plans are a wee bit secret but it does involve the entire Hatteras island community. smiley



Sent you a PM let me know if I can help.

RE: Power restriction lifted; visitors back tomorrow
Posted By: pspossum - (Send PM)
Member Since: 5/11/2011
Location: Finksburg MD
Total Posts: 46

Date Posted: 8/12/2017 9:06 AM




So what did people who had trips planned that week on HI do?



We found a place on Manteo and drove down to Oregon Inlet beach access. Not perfect but vacation was salvaged for the most part

RE: Power restriction lifted; visitors back tomorrow
Posted By: JoyinVirginia - (Send PM)
Member Since: 1/20/2014
Location: New Kent VA and Nags Head
Total Posts: 502

Date Posted: 8/12/2017 10:46 AM




So what did people who had trips planned that week on HI do?


Some camped out at rental agencies and found another place if they were lucky. We are down this week, talked to folks at our pm office. Friday morning after it happened they had a line when they opened up, and all their available homes for the week were booked within ninety minutes.

RE: Power restriction lifted; visitors back tomorrow
Posted By: miker - (Send PM)
Member Since: 12/6/2004
Location:
Total Posts: 25

Date Posted: 8/12/2017 12:52 PM




We too found a place in Manteo (Pirates Cove). We were fortunate to get it but acted quickly as soon as the evacuation order came out. While it was not the same as Hatteras Island it still was better than no vacation.

RE: Power restriction lifted; visitors back tomorrow
Posted By: Bob54 - (Send PM)
Member Since: 3/18/2014
Location:
Total Posts: 116

Date Posted: 8/13/2017 3:16 PM




I'm glad it's back on. But I wonder if the evacuation order wasn't a severe case of government overreach?... it damaged local businesses. Electric power is a convenience, not a public safety issue. It's not like a lack of water or a lack of sanitation would be. Most would have left on their own accord. Campers who can live off the grid might have stayed...why was it necessary to chase them out? Why was it necessary to bar day visitors?

RE: Power restriction lifted; visitors back tomorrow
Posted By: Tim-OBX - (Send PM)
Member Since: 6/2/2004
Location: Kitty Hawk
Total Posts: 18309

Date Posted: 8/13/2017 3:37 PM




I'm glad it's back on. But I wonder if the evacuation order wasn't a severe case of government overreach?... it damaged local businesses. Electric power is a convenience, not a public safety issue. It's not like a lack of water or a lack of sanitation would be. Most would have left on their own accord. Campers who can live off the grid might have stayed...why was it necessary to chase them out? Why was it necessary to bar day visitors?



No street lights, no traffic lights both sound like public safety to me. No light is a strange rental house sounds like a fall down stairs and a law suit. Rotting food in a hot frig sounds like a problem too. I guess you could build a fire in the living room to cook on too. Sad smiley

RE: Power restriction lifted; visitors back tomorrow
Posted By: K4HAT - (Send PM)
Member Since: 10/11/2007
Location: Frisco NC
Total Posts: 897

Date Posted: 8/13/2017 4:10 PM




the basic reason for the blanket response was we simply could not get the load under control. didn't matter if your camper had a generator, the store you buy fresh meat from didn't. When we ask for serious electrical conservation, we didn't get it. in fact not even close and this is with some major players staying on their own power not the grid. Now if you want to critique us please come live in our shoes next time. We will admit we did not have a contingency plan for a fully loaded outage and really we can't. To bring in enough emergency generation or to figure out a way to "alternately feed" these islands is of course possible but way way more money then anyone could imagine. we did a remarkable job keeping what we had lit. things happen, Like the turbocharger blowing on the twenty cylinder diesel generator on Ocracoke. There is absolutely no doubt this outage in the middle of our busy season caused many of us to loose the kids lunch money this winter. kicked our asses really hard all the way around. But our Power providers, CHEC and Tideland did a job way past expectations and you can not beleive how proud we are of them. We're sorry it screwed up everyone's plans, really we are and our pocketbooks show it believe me.

RE: Power restriction lifted; visitors back tomorrow
Posted By: jdj1991 - (Send PM)
Member Since: 2/11/2010
Location: Mechanicsville, VA
Total Posts: 1451

Date Posted: 8/14/2017 9:18 AM




I'm gonna do my small little part to help those pocketbooks just as soon as I get back in the Spring...

Thanks to you and all involved for all you do!

RE: Power restriction lifted; visitors back tomorrow
Posted By: Gettysburg Lady - (Send PM)
Member Since: 5/4/2005
Location: Gettysburg, Pa
Total Posts: 2256

Date Posted: 8/14/2017 1:21 PM




K4HAT - thank you for the detailed information into the power issue. It is so easy to sit on the outside and say coulda, shoulda, woulda but in the end no one has any idea of what actually went into trying to handle this situation. I hope you can take some understanding when the review of what happened is complete. I just want to thank you and all of the workers who got things back up and running.

RE: Power restriction lifted; visitors back tomorrow
Posted By: Brad Z - (Send PM)
Member Since: 2/13/2016
Location: Alexandria VA/ Frisco NC
Total Posts: 752

Date Posted: 8/14/2017 2:05 PM




the basic reason for the blanket response was we simply could not get the load under control. didn't matter if your camper had a generator, the store you buy fresh meat from didn't. When we ask for serious electrical conservation, we didn't get it. in fact not even close and this is with some major players staying on their own power not the grid. Now if you want to critique us please come live in our shoes next time. We will admit we did not have a contingency plan for a fully loaded outage and really we can't. To bring in enough emergency generation or to figure out a way to "alternately feed" these islands is of course possible but way way more money then anyone could imagine. we did a remarkable job keeping what we had lit. things happen, Like the turbocharger blowing on the twenty cylinder diesel generator on Ocracoke. There is absolutely no doubt this outage in the middle of our busy season caused many of us to loose the kids lunch money this winter. kicked our asses really hard all the way around. But our Power providers, CHEC and Tideland did a job way past expectations and you can not beleive how proud we are of them. We're sorry it screwed up everyone's plans, really we are and our pocketbooks show it believe me.



Richard- thanks for the background!

At first CHEC was mentioning in its updates the arrival of additional generators. Would it have even been possible to acquire enough generators to open the island back up to visitors if the repair had required significantly more time to complete? I'm getting the sense that perhaps that just wasn't a possibility, at least not under normal summer loads.

RE: Power restriction lifted; visitors back tomorrow
Posted By: Beachmark - (Send PM)
Member Since: 9/18/2011
Location: Afton, VA
Total Posts: 4719

Date Posted: 8/14/2017 4:38 PM




no traffic lights

Right now, I can think of two, maybe 3, traffic lights on HI.....probably not the reason LOL

RE: Power restriction lifted; visitors back tomorrow
Posted By: obxmini - (Send PM)
Member Since: 7/26/2014
Location: SE NY
Total Posts: 1646

Date Posted: 8/14/2017 7:32 PM




Many thanks for taking the time to write and explain so well, K4HAT.

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