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Power restored in Smithfield

Posted April 6, 2009

— Customers of Smithfield Utilities went without power for about five hours late Monday evening after a transmission line went down, Johnston County dispatch officials said.

Utility officials said the town was without power from approximately 6:30 p.m. to 11:20 p.m.

Smithfield Utilities provides power to all residents of Smithfield.


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  • TreeHugga Apr 7, 2009

    Yes, Smithfield has electricity. We also have indoor plumbing and running water. Go figure!

  • TreeHugga Apr 7, 2009

    The power went out just as dinner was cooking on the stove. Yep, sucked to live in Smithfield last night.

  • Frank Downtown Apr 7, 2009

    Smithfield has electricity??

  • clemsonalltheway Apr 7, 2009

    Isn't it funny that a "brief" power outage creates news? I have lived in rural NC all my life and power outages are just a way of life. Stuff happens! Whether it is a squirel, a gust of wind, an accident, a tractor taking down the lines, etc...

    Seems like we have become a society of spoiled brats who are totally mortified of the possibility of being without all of our "conveniences".....did you ever think that spending some time in peace & quiet could actually be GOOD for ya?

  • lucylucy Apr 7, 2009

    Sorry, but the WHOLE town was not without power, if anything is going to happen it seems to always happen in South Smithfield. Four houses two streets over had power and the houses around them didn't. Also during Fran, we didn't get our power back within a day. Yes, those that lived around the hospital did get theirs back within a day. Power outaged in Smithfield are usually caused by a squirrel running across the power line!!

  • Fuquay Resident Apr 7, 2009

    I would start by looking at any Michigan State fans employed by Smithfield Power or living in the area.

  • YoucanthandletheTRUTH Apr 7, 2009

    We lost it in Clayton for about 5-10 minutes---no problem! Sorry Smithfield!

  • 2alegal Apr 7, 2009

    We had power in West Smithfield....Was a nice trade being we were out 13 days when Fran came through. Town had power within a day after Fran came through. They even had power at the end of our street........GO HEELS!!!!!!

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Apr 7, 2009

    I didn't know that they had electricity in Smithfield. What poor timing, during the National Championship.

  • missjohnston04 Apr 7, 2009

    This is not the first time the Town of Smithfield has had this problem. It seems like everytime there is a strong wind we lose power. For those of us that do not have a choice but to have Smithfield Utilities, it sucks. Missing the game wasn't the only downfall last night. Cooking dinner was out of the question as was doing anything except leaving town.