Power restoration wait continues after winter storm


(WSPA) – A lot of Upstate communities are still without power after the weekend storm, though restoration numbers are improving.

“We’ve been without power since Sunday morning – 2:00 a.m.,” said Boiling Springs resident Lili Garcia. “We’ve had power outages but they haven’t been as lengthy.

She said it’s meant for some chilly, dark nights for her family.

“Keeping warm with blankets,” she said.

Still, Spartanburg County Emergency Management Officials said conditions are improving.

“Power outages are going down,” said Assistant Spartanburg County Emergency Management Assistant Coordinator Robbie Swofford, adding more roads are also clearing. “Our shelter did close this morning around 9am but we do still have one on standby at Sonrise Baptist Church.”

He said no one used the shelter at Chapman High School Monday night, but there is transportation if anyone gets stuck without power in their home or neighborhood. 

“We have good relationship with Region One as well as Ambustar and they’re doing this as a favor so there are some places where it may not be possible for them to actually go to depending on what obstacles are down on the road,” said Swofford. “They will do everything within their power to get someone out of harms way.”

Some Spartanburg County school districts are delayed or closed, like Spartanburg District Two where Garcia’s children attend school. 

“I would rather have them at home. They can learn what they need to learn on a different day when it’s safer for them to get to school,” said Garcia. 

While they’re home, Garcia said the kids have been with her relatives that have power and have been staying busy with books and games. 

“We’ve done board games and that went pretty well,” said Garcia. “It’s really good family time – definitely brings out the different side of your children.”

She said at last check, Duke Energy estimates their power will be restored on Wednesday.

Swofford said anyone needing a warm place to stay can call their office at 864-595-5368 or 864-595-5365 or they can call 9-1-1 and asked to be put in touch with emergency management regarding shelters. 

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