Bitter cold takes toll on utilities

  • Sleet, snow and ice covered Main Street and kept almost everyone bundled up at home as schools and businesses closed due to the winter storm.
    Sleet, snow and ice covered Main Street and kept almost everyone bundled up at home as schools and businesses closed due to the winter storm.
  • Few ventured out to brave the icy roads Monday as streets became treacherously slick. This view is looking south in the 1300 block of North Main.
    Few ventured out to brave the icy roads Monday as streets became treacherously slick. This view is looking south in the 1300 block of North Main.
Icy roads, rolling blackouts, sustained sub-freezing temperatures, and no water were just some of the difficulties Winter Storm Uri brought to Orange County. Fortunately, the electrical equipment damage seen in the 1997 ice storm did not repeat in Uri, but Entergy was directed to initiate power outages for its customers across its four-state service area by its reliability coordinator, the…

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