Alabama Power to test dam warning system Nov. 20

Published 12:36 pm Monday, November 18, 2019

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Alabama Power will be testing its lake-area emergency alert system Nov.20.

This includes the systems at Mitchel and Lay lakes in Chilton County, along with Harris and Bouldin dams that are also located on the Coosa River.

According to a release from the company, residents immediately downstream of those dams

may receive a phone call, text or email alert during the test. The system is used to notify

area residents in the event of an emergency.

The message sent out will include that this is only a test and there is no emergency.

“Safety is our top priority,” said Herbie Johnson, Alabama Power Hydro general

manager. “We test this alert system as well as sirens to make sure they are always

ready to go in the unlikely event of an emergency. We take this precaution and

preparation seriously.”

Residents who live near one of the aforementioned dams can check or update their contact information by visiting