HUGHESVILLE, Md.—As of 8 p.m. on October 30, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) has restored service to all customer-members in Calvert, Charles and Prince George's County impacted by Hurricane Sandy. In St. Mary's County, the 22 storm-related outages that remain as of 8 p.m. will be restored tonight with the exception of four customer accounts in Scotland that cannot be restored because of flooding.
SMECO began to assemble its pre-storm workforce last week. Linemen, tree clearing and safety personnel from electric co-ops in North Carolina and Georgia joined contractor crews and SMECO crews to form the largest pre-storm restoration workforce in SMECO's 75-year history. As of Tuesday, there were 152 crews composed of 555 field personnel working to restore power to SMECO customer-members.
"The size and scope of Hurricane Sandy as it headed toward the mid-Atlantic states called for extensive measures as we prepared to be slammed with heavy rains and high winds," said SMECO president and CEO Austin J. Slater, Jr. He added, "We were expecting a storm of historic proportions and prepared for it by assembling the largest workforce in our history. It was truly an honor to be a part of this mobilization of resources and restoration process."
From October 29 at 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on October 30, SMECO experienced 905 incidents. An incident is a damage event which can range from a blown transformer to a tree on a line or a broken pole. Over the course of the storm, SMECO experienced 41,340 outages: 10,680 in Calvert County, nearly 10,000 in Charles County, more than 2,200 in Prince George's County, and about 18,460 in St. Mary's County. SMECO's system peak number of outages occurred at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, October 29, when a transmission line went down and nearly 11,500 customers were without power at one time.