TVA says 212,000 still without power

TVA says 212,000 still without power

May 2nd, 2011 in Local - Breaking News

The Tennessee Valley Authority said today it has restored 120 of the 128 power connections lost to its distributors during last week's storms, but 212,000 homes and businesses remain without electricity in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia.

"Based on our current assessments, we anticipate restoring service at some level to a majority of local power companies and large directly served customers later this week," TVA said in a statement this morning. "Some Industrial loads may take longer to restore. Our initial focus is to restore the critical loads of local power companies."

TVA is using nearly 4,000 employees and contractors working around the clock to restore power

During the tornado and wind storms that struck the Tennessee Valley on Wednesday, more than 200 TVA poles or steel structures were damaged, resulting in more than 90 large transmission lines being out of service, including a large portion of the 500-kilovolt and 161-kilovolt lines serving North Alabama and Mississippi.

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