Crews helping areas hit by winter weather
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Photos from Ronald Boston showed snow blanketing Coalmont in Grundy County Tuesday.
It’s one of the counties Duck River Electric covers.
They had been dealing with thousands of reported power outages in the 16 counties they serve.
Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative shared on social media that they would be sending out line workers to help.
“In this instance, we were very fortunate and the storm didn’t really hit us much at all,” EPB Construction and Preventative Maintenance Manager Grant Carriker said.
EPB is also helping areas in need, not just in Tennessee.
“We received a couple of requests to release contract crews. So far, we’ve released four, four contract crews, two to Louisiana, one in Cookeville, Tennessee and one to Kentucky,” Carriker said.
EPB crews will be assisting in those states as needed.
“Typically, they’re going to be restoring power lines, resetting power lines, resetting poles, whatever their infrastructure for their electrical network needs is what they’ll be doing,” Carriker said.
The crews could be in those places any where from a couple of days to a week.
“I think during an ice storm like this, it’s tough work for the crews, but for them it’s very valuable, because they know they’re putting power back on to home that need it so they can warm up and keep families safe. I just hope they keep safe and they’re able to get the work done that they can,” Carriker said.
As for the area they cover, EPB has not had to do anything out of the ordinary.