Some Lugoff residents to be without power for extended period

cwinston@thestate.comDecember 30, 2013 

— Major roadways have reopened and most power has been restored to the residents of Lugoff on Monday afternoon after a major power outage.

For the better part of an hour, the entire community lost power and roads had to be closed after a piece of construction equipment cut a major transmission line, according to Chief Dennis Ray of the Lugoff Fire Department.

However, service is not restored to everyone. Ray said residents on the west side of U.S. 601 starting at U.S. 1 would be without power for an “extended period.” It is unclear how long that means. An outage map on Progress Energy’s website shows only 2 customers affected near Lugoff as of 4:30 p.m.

Ray said a front-end loader working at a construction site lost control and tore out a transmission line. Power was shut down to all area businesses and residences for more than 45 minutes starting shortly after 3 p.m. U.S. 601 traffic was diverted by the Lugoff Fire Department, Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department and S.C. Highway Patrol.

Shortly after 4 p.m., power was restored to most residents and businesses.

Ray said no one was injured.

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