AYDEN, N.C. (WNCT) – The lights are back on in the town of Ayden.
Monday afternoon, Pitt County officials said that the transmission line from Duke Power that serves Ayden has re-engergized and power was restored to the town of Ayden.
Residents in the town of Ayden are still without power after heavy winds knocked it out Saturday night.
The wind got so powerful, it uprooted several trees across town, including one which smashed into First Baptist Church. It also hit Annie Oakley’s car and her husband’s car.
“We’re kind of upset you know because we can’t get anywhere or anything like that. We’re just stuck until somebody can help,” Oakley said.
The power outage hit around 9 p.m. Saturday and Duke Energy says it’s working to restore it, but must wait until winds subside.
Aside from flooding in the town, there are several reports of damage and public works is assessing. Police Chief Barry Stanley says it ranges from downed trees to damaged road signs and property. Parts of the metal roof of a car wash ripped off and blew across the street. But Chief Stanley says it’s nothing like what he saw last night.
“The water was the worst. Half the town was flooded. Several, close to a foot or better of water. We had to use flatbed trucks to get into a lot of places because we had a few stranded motorists rescues,” Chief Stanley said.
There is a shelter open at Ayden Middle School where more than 60 people stayed overnight to escape the rough conditions.
The Town of Ayden released the following information Sunday afternoon about the outage: The Duke Power transmission line that supplies power to the Town of Ayden’s electric system’s delivery point is damaged and all of the Town’s 4,000 customers are without power. Due to extensive damage to multiple Duke Power transmission lines all across eastern North Carolina, Ayden’s customers should be prepared to be without power today and tonight as Duke Power mobilizes to begin repairs to damaged transmission lines. The Town of Ayden will continue to monitor Duke Power’s progress toward repair of the Town’s delivery transmission line and provide reports on this progress.