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WATER VALLEY – Water Valley Electric Department Superintendent Andy Hall reported almost a third of the city customers were without power during the peak of the outage. While most of the repairs were completed in hours, electricity was not restored for an estimated 30 homes west of the bypass until 4:20 Sunday afternoon.
“We had a big gum tree that fell and broke the top out of a three-phase pole and broke another three-phase angel pole,” the superintendent explained. Complicating the repair was accessibility to the poles, located near the intersection of County Road 214 and the bypass. Hall said a contractor brought a trackhoe to help pull the trucks to the broken poles.
The damage also included a limb that fell and broke a line on Wood Street. Hall said lightning strikes were the likely source for other outages after line fuses were blown.
“The guys worked from 1:45 a.m. until 4:30 that afternoon to get all of our customers back on,” Hall added.
Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association also reported hundreds of outages across their nine-county service area.