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Duke Energy plans to finish substation barrier by Tuesday night

Crews are working to install sand-filled barriers around the Duke Energy substation in Whiteville that flooded during hurricanes Matthew and Florence and left the city without power. The substation is located off S. Franklin Street next to Soules Swamp.

The barriers will be between 4 and 8 feet thick depending on the location and will be completed by Tuesday afternoon or early evening, according to Duke Energy spokesman Jeff Brooks. He explained that pumps will ensure the equipment remains dry inside the berm.

“We were in the process of beginning construction of a longer-term barrier that will be used at the site over the next two years as we relocate equipment to another location adjacent to the substation and out of its current footprint,” Brooks said. “Relocating critical systems in the substation will be our final long-term solution for that site, but these temporary barriers will be in place and protect the substation as hurricane Dorian passes. We used the information we gathered from last year’s Hurricane Florence to help inform and improve our plan for Hurricane Dorian.”

Crews work to install sand-filled barriers around Duke Energy's substation on South Franklin Street in Whiteville Monday afternoon.

Crews work to install sand-filled barriers around Duke Energy's substation on South Franklin Street in Whiteville Monday afternoon.

Stuart Rogers