Some areas in Wayne County still without electricity nearly 3 weeks after Matthew


GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — Almost three weeks after Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina, some Duke Energy customers in Wayne County are still without electricity, according to Wayne County government officials.

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Tha’Roy Davis and his wife have lived in their Goldsboro home for 35 years. But that home was ruled unsafe to live in by the city.

Davis said the water in his home “was about up to my knees.”

Davis and his wife are staying with family while others have been staying in shelters for weeks after losing all that they have.

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Duke Energy was out disconnecting power from some of the condemned homes due to safety concerns.

Wayne County Communications Director Tracie Davis said in a press release Thursday that Duke Energy officials told the county that they have been unable to restore service in some areas due to dangerous conditions.

Duke Energy Progress District Manager Millie Chalk said in a statement:

Due to significant damage and flooding resulting from Hurricane Matthew, Duke Energy has been unable to restore service in some areas. We continue to work with local and state officials to make repairs and restore service. For locations too damaged to safely receive power, existing electric meters have been or will be removed to ensure the safety of our customers.”

Duke Energy added in a statement to CBS North Carolina that they “have restored all customers who can receive power.

The restoration timeline will be determined by when are customers’ locations are made safe to once again receive power.

That could be something as simple as an inspection, but in some cases, structures have been condemned, and may never be repaired to a point that it can receive power.”

Davis is hoping another city inspection Friday will result in officials giving him the go-ahead to start making repairs.

“When I walk in, I just wish I could lay in my own bed and sleep and wish I could sit at my own table and go to my own stove and cook,” he said.

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