published Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

EPB: Power should be restored to remaining 5,500 Chattanooga homes and businesses by Thursday

EPB operator O'Fair Brooks, left, and EPB lineman Charles Sales replace a utility pole near the intersection of Mountain View Avenue, and Crest Drive after a severe storm uprooted trees and damaged area homes.
Staff Photo by Dan Henry/Chattanooga Times Free Press
EPB operator O'Fair Brooks, left, and EPB lineman Charles Sales replace a utility pole near the intersection of Mountain View Avenue, and Crest Drive after a severe storm uprooted trees and damaged area homes. Staff Photo by Dan Henry/Chattanooga Times Free Press

As of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday there are still roughly 5,500 homes and business in the Chattanooga area without power, according to EPB.

The company anticipates restoring power to all local customers in the service area by tomorrow.

Remaining customers without power who have not notified EPB are asked to call 648-1372.

EPB noted that if a customer's meter box or wiring on the side of the house is damaged, a licensed electrician must be called for repair first.

The company said it wants to reassure customers that in many areas it left behind equipment and materials, such as transformer and broken pole parts. Once all customers are back on, EPB said it will return to clean up the materials.

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jopeck said...

We were among thousands without power for days, yet we became acutely aware of how blessed we really are. So many suffered unimaginable, horrific consequences from the storms...and throughout the ordeal, EPB crews performed heroically-- under the most extreme conditions! So when I read of complaints, I can't help but recall an event that happened years ago... For 3 agonizing days, sometimes in total darkness, 9 PA coal miners huddled together to keep warm. One had drilled into an adjacent, abandoned mine, releasing more than 50 M gals of frigid water, and causing their portion of the mine to collapse. As water was filling the shaft, one called to warn a 2nd crew to get out. The men described craning their necks to keep their noses above the rising water. When the miner who had made that fateful drill hole had become separated from the rest, several risked their lives to search for him and return him to the group. A lunch pail with a sandwich and cans of soda floated by; They all shared in the bounty! Freezing temperatures and fear began taking its toll. . the group took turns placing the ‘coldest’ man in the center of the group, using their body heat to warm him up and then replacing him with another. They talked together, they sang together, they prayed. . .Together. And fearing the inevitable, they tied themselves together so that all their bodies would be found if they drowned. You see, they had decided early on that they were either going to live or die as a group. Rescue workers struggling to reach them gave them only a ‘1 in 10’ chance they’d make it out alive. Yet make it out they did! As I thought back to the disaster of this past week, I began to reflect on the importance of teamwork.. Sometimes it takes a crisis to bond a ‘team’ together into a ‘family’, doesn’t it?! And the way those miners responded made all the difference. NONE died of starvation. NONE died of a heart attack or hypothermia. None were separated from the group; all were reasonably healthy when rescued. Remember that 2nd crew? Had the call NOT been made, they would've all be dead. . they were in a lower part of the mine. So where am I going with this? We're in big trouble, and I'm not speaking only of the tragedies we've just suffered. Economically, politically, socially, spiritually...the water’s rising; we're a nation on the brink of disaster.
Somehow we have to pull together, to stop the whining and focus on encouraging each other, to be willing to make the 'tough' choices just to get to the other side of the storm. Perhaps I’m being overly dramatic.. Yet it occurs to me that, when we concentrate of the ‘good of the group’ rather than individual needs, and are free to focus on the ‘goal’ rather than the problems we encounter getting there. . . Success is an inevitable result. Shouldn't we collectively give it a shot?

May 5, 2011 at 9:01 a.m.
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