EPB on Thursday restored power to an additional 1,600 homes and businesses. There are still roughly 1,600 homes and business without power, down from 5,500 Wednesday evening.
The company has promised it will restore power to nearly all customers by the end of today.
In the minutes after the April 27 tornadoes, 119,000 businesses and residences were initially affected, more than half of EPB’s customers.
As more than 1,500 contractors and EPB employees continue to work through the destruction, the estimated cost of the storms has continued to escalate toward between $12 million and $15 million.
To date, the utility has identified 493 broken utility poles, 301 damaged transformers, and 30 miles of wire.
For comparison, EPB only replaced 89 broken utility poles during the Blizzard of ‘93.
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Ellis Smith joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press in January 2010 as a business reporter. His beat includes the flooring industry, Chattem, Unum, Krystal, the automobile market, real estate and technology. Ellis is from Marietta, Ga., and has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication at the University of West Georgia. He previously worked at UTV-13 News, Carrollton, Ga., as a producer; at the The West Georgian, Carrollton, Ga., as editor; and at the Times-Georgian, Carrollton, ...