Round two of Winter Storm Pax is packing a wallop. Folks in Bladen County are being encouraged to stay off the roadways and stay indoors as a coating of freezing rain falls on top of the snow.
An emergency shelter has opened at Elizabethtown Middle School for those residents needing to leave their homes.
“As we move into the second part of this winter storm, we encourage everyone to stay off the roadways,” said BladenCounty Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw.
He also requested that citizens not call 911 to report power outages. Outages for Duke Energy can be reported to 800-769-3766 and Four County Electric Membership Corporation Customers are asked to report outages to 888-368-7289.
Kinlaw added that residents are asked to report downed power lines, trees, or related issues to the Emergency Opeartions Center at 910-862-7809, power lines down to 910-862-7834, and trees down to 910-862-7835.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Four County Electric Membership Corporation reported power outages in Bladen County.
A statement on Four County’s website reads, “Currently we have reports of approximately 2,800 scattered power outages in Pender, Bladen, Duplin, Sampson and Columbus counties. We have crews working to restore power as quickly as possible.”
As of 5:30 p.m. Duke Energy was reporting about 490 customers in Bladen County are currently without power.