Thousands remain without electricity nearly a week after a winter storm barrelled through the Lowcountry.
Number of outages
Berkeley Electric Cooperative (covers Berkeley, Dorchester and Charleston)
Coastal Electric Cooperative (covers Bamberg, Colleton and Dorchester)
Edisto Electric Cooperative (covers Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Berkeley, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton and Orangeburg)
SCE&G (covering Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester)
Sources: Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina and SCE&G Outage Chart
Around 13,000 customers who receive power from South Carolina's electric cooperatives were still without power at 11 a.m. today, officials reported.
Nearly 8,500 of those outages were through Santee Electric Cooperative in Clarendon, Florence, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties, officials said.
Edisto Electric Cooperative has 1,900 customers out across the region, including in Berkeley and Dorchester counties. About 300 Berkeley Electric Cooperative customers are still without power, mostly in Berkeley County. Coastal Electric Cooperative listed 250 outages, all in Colleton County.
As of noon today, nearly 1,500 SCE&G customers were without power across the state.
The Associated Press reported that 20,000 customers statewide were still waiting to have their power restored.
But the 20,000 figure was down from the estimated 350,000 who lost service at the height of the storm that dropped snow, sleet and freezing rain on most of the state over three days last week.
The state Emergency Management Division estimated that the storm created a million cubic yards of debris statewide.
Officials said damage and debris amounts were being totaled amid the possibility that there could be additional federal help for counties to remove debris and help repair the electric grid.
The agency said all warming shelters across the state would be closed by midday Tuesday.
Meanwhile, officials with the South Carolina Forestry Commission are trying to gauge how much damage the ice storm did to the state's forests. Commission spokesman Scott Hawkins said aerial surveys were underway, and crews were to be on the ground Tuesday to get a closer look at the damage.
Compiling a final figure on the damage is expected to take some time, he said.
Depending on the damage, there could be a request for federal assistance for landowners.
Officials have said the storm caused more damage than a similar ice storm in 2004. That storm caused an estimated $96 million damage to the state's timberlands.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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