Power restored but recovery is ongoing in east Alabama

Power restored but recovery is ongoing in east Alabama
Alabama Power crews worked as quickly and safely as possible to restore power in hard-hit areas like Jacksonville. (Steve Dunlap / Alabama NewsCenter)

It took 72 hours for Alabama Power to restore electricity for 24,530 customers affected by the tornadoes and thunderstorms that ripped through east Alabama on March 19.

Accomplishing that difficult task took 1,828 men and women replacing 420 poles and stringing miles of line.

Alabama Power restores electricity to hardest-hit areas of east Alabama after March 19 tornadoes from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.

Alabama Power officials said they are proud of the accomplishment, but they recognize that the same damage done to the company’s powerlines and infrastructure also devastated the lives of hundreds of others. The damage to homes, businesses and property is still evident in many communities.

Alabama Power wishes to thank those who supported the company in its efforts and asks that everyone continues to support the communities of Jacksonville, Ashville, Southside and Heflin as well as Jacksonville State University as they persevere in recovery and rebuilding.

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