County’s Main Street office building sees two power failures

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 25, 2019

SALISBURY — A Rowan County office building at 402 N. Main St. had a power failure Monday and Wednesday, forcing dozens of county employees to temporarily relocate to nearby facilities during repairs.

Crews were working to restore power Wednesday afternoon. The building was closed at 2 p.m for repairs.

An underground power supply to a transformer shorted out and crews were replacing it, said Don Bringle, Rowan County facilities director.

Employees were temporarily relocated to two buildings, said Randy Cress, chief information officer for the county.

According to Cress, roughly 60 to 80 county employees were affected. They were moved to the Rowan County Cooperative Extension building on Old Concord Road and the Rowan County Administration Building on West Innes Street. Employees who work in the North Main Street building still accepted calls both Monday and Wednesday.

Duke Energy made repairs Monday after the first outage and were making a more extensive repair Wednesday afternoon, Cress said. He said Wednesday afternoon that power would be restored by Thursday morning.

Cress praised Duke Energy for the work to bring a solution to the power failure.

“They have assessed where the damage is and what needs to be done to correct (the issue),” Cress said. “They are replacing the full line, replacing a complete power line to avoid future issues.”

Duke Energy went “above and beyond” to make sure the county did not have a recurring problem, Cress said.