County’s power expected to be restored by noon Tuesday

Published 1:10 pm Monday, January 23, 2012

The Central Alabama Electric Cooperative recorded more than 2,000 power outages in Chilton County at the height of the severe storms Monday morning.

Most outages were concentrated in Maplesville and Enterprise, said CAEC Communications Specialist Tiffany Trueblood.

“A lot of them were due to the possible tornado that hit the area,” Trueblood said, adding that multiple power lines were down and poles broken.

At about 10:45 this morning, 600 customers – mostly in the hard hit areas of Maplesville and Enterprise – still had no power.

“Enterprise outages were around 300 members,” Trueblood said. “We currently have about 200 outages in the Enterprise community and 50 to 60 sporadic, individual outages in the rest of the county. We’re moving right along.”

Maplesville also had about 300 members lose power, but no fatalities or injuries were reported.

“We were very fortunate in that matter,” Maplesville Town Clerk Sheila Haigler said. “Everyone has been so nice to offer help from all over the state. We don’t have any other needs right now.”

Crews are working non-stop to reset broken poles and repair downed lines, Trueblood said.

“Restoration efforts are underway,” Alabama Power Manager Mike Jordan said. “Damage assessment is being done. We hope to have everyone on by noon tomorrow.”

The CAEC office in Clanton will re-open at 1 p.m. today. For hourly updates on power restoration, visit Central Alabama Electric Cooperative on Facebook.

Update: As of about 10 a.m. Tuesday, all but about 280 power customers in the Maplesville area had regained power, Alabama Power Manager Mike Jordan said, adding that all power is expected to be restored by Tuesday evening. All roads have been opened except for County Road 10, with traffic still being limited.