Continuing Coverage: Power restoration in the TN Valley
(WRCB) -- Severe weather and wind storms on Thursday had left many in the Tennessee Valley without power, some for several days and crews worked around the clock.
As of 10:30 p.m. Sunday, EPB says power has been restored to everyone who lost it in the storms. Crews have worked around the clock since the Thursday storms on restoration efforts.
Sunday night, all North Georgia EMC customers have been reconnected as well.
Power has been restored to all Volunteer Energy Cooperative customers except 149 who lost power in the wake of severe weather that passed through service area Thursday evening.
The bulk of the remaining outages are in Polk County where 112 customers remain without power. Crews expect to have power restored to these customers later tonight.
VEC officials say that all outages in the Bradley-Hamilton area have been restored. If customers remain without power in these areas, they are asked to call VEC to alert dispatchers of their outages.
VEC Vice President of Operations Clyde Jolley said some outages last longer due to damage at a customer's homes that prevents VEC from safely restoring power.
"In those cases where the weatherhead or some of the customer's electrical equipment is damaged, they may need to have a private electrician repair that damage before VEC can safely restore power," Jolley said.
He also said that he apologizes for the inconvemniences caused by these outages.
"We realize what a hardship it is to be without power, especially under the current weather conditions," Jolley said. "We will continue to work as quickly as possible to restore power to all our customers."
A second storm passed through Fentress and Cumberland counties Sunday night knocking out power to about 2,100 customers beginnining at 11:30 p.m. Sunday. As of 9:16 a.m. Eastern Time Monday power has been restored to all except 46 of those customers. Crews expect to have power restored to those remaining customers early Monday morning.
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