OUC Sends Crews to Tornado-Ravaged Tennessee to Help with Power Restoration
CLEVELAND, TN - OUC has sent a convoy of 12 trucks to Cleveland, Tenn., today to assist Cleveland Utilities with overhead power restoration after six tornadoes swept through the area yesterday knocking out power to thousands. Dozens of tornadoes ripped through the South, flattening homes and businesses and killing at least 215 people in six states in the deadliest outbreak in nearly 40 years, according to the Associated Press.
About 5,700 Cleveland Utilities customers were still without power this morning, and it may be weeks before electricity is restored to everyone. The tornado that struck Bradley County on Wednesday took a path almost directly along the utility’s transmission lines, badly damaging them, General Manager Tom Wheeler said. With repair crews being called into action from all across the tornado-ravaged Southeast, Cleveland Utilities was forced to seek crews from Florida to help fix its lines, he said.
Cleveland Utilities serves about 28,370 electric customers, 28,319 water customers and 16,482 sewer customers in the city of Cleveland and a large portion of Bradley County. The utility purchases power from TVA.
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