I wanted to provide an update on the power outage affecting much of our region in Moore County.
Over the weekend, an unknown individual or individuals vandalized at least two power substations in Moore County with criminal intent, leaving numerous hospitals, schools, businesses, and close to 40,000 residents without power. The motive for this crime remains unknown, but law enforcement continues to investigate. I want to thank Sheriff Ronnie Fields and all local law enforcement, as well as the State Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for their quick action to respond to the incident. I have also been in contact with Duke Energy and know they are working on all options to restore power as quickly as possible.
We must hold those responsible for this reprehensible act accountable. As officials continue to work to restore power and investigate the details of what happened Saturday night, numerous resources will be available for those affected.
Currently, a state of emergency has been issued for Moore County, and a curfew is in effect beginning at 9 pm on Sunday, December 4th, lasting until 5 am Monday, December 5th. Moore County Schools will also be closed on Monday, December 5th. Local EMS and fire services are running as normal, and Moore Regional Hospital is operating normally thanks to the use of generators.
For those in need, a shelter has been opened at the Moore County Sports Complex located at 155 Hillcrest Park Ln. in Carthage. Folks can call 910-947-6317 for transportation to the shelter.
Additionally, the Southern Pines Police Department at 450 W. Pennsylvania Ave. has opened its C. Michael Haney Community Room to the public for charging electronic devices. Many local businesses and groups are also making resources available to assist families in the area. For example, Harris Teeter distributed free bags of ice on Sunday afternoon to help families keep food and medicines cold. These examples of businesses and neighbors helping each other remind us of the strength of our community.
According to the Red Cross, food should be thrown out if it reaches 40 degrees. An unopened refrigerator can keep temperature for 4 hours, while a full freezer will keep temperature for about 48 hours.
People can report power outages at ReadyNC.gov. Reporting your power failure may help to expedite your ability to access emergency services and information.
Furthermore, anyone with any information about this act of violence should contact the Moore County Sheriff’s Office at 910-947-2931.
While crews continue to work, I urge everyone to check on their neighbors, especially those on medications or in nursing homes. I am remaining in constant communication with law enforcement, Gov. Roy Cooper’s office, and our community, and I will provide resources on my social media or website at http://Hudson.house.gov. If you or your family need assistance, you can contact my office in Washington, DC, at 202-225-3715.
Richard Hudson is serving his fifth term representing North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He currently serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee and in House leadership as the Republican Conference Secretary.