TVA officials talk about the process to get everyone’s lights back on after April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Many Tennessee Valley residents who were lucky enough not to deal with large property losses during the massive tornado outbreak on April 27, 2011 still had to deal with power outages.
Hundreds of Tennessee Valley Authority structures got damaged in the storms.
That meant 130 different power substations went dark at the same time all across the south.
In addition to that, all three units at Brown’s Ferry Nuclear Power Plant shut down.
That’s because the transmission system was severely damaged.
Chris Thompson works as Senior Transmission Operator for T.V.A. He explained, “Typically the map board would be, the status of the breakers, there would be nothing lit up there except for the kilo-Volt readings. That’s an all-normal situation. When you start seeing the green boxes show up, normally a closed breaker being open, there was a great deal of that.”
T.V.A. reports almost all of the power was restored by May 4th 2011.