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Saturday power update for Wiregrass residents after Hurricane Michael

UPDATE 9:21 PM:

Pea River Electric Cooperative just reported that all customers have power now. They said they "would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this time."

Dothan Utilities now has only 6,200 clients without power, according to another press release. Here's the latest crew report:

Steve with Sheffield Crews:

> Continued work in 08-25 area along Choctaw, Park in Garden District

Micah with Opelika Crews:

> Completed work in 04-22 area including bridge at 3rd Ave. and Haven Dr. including Oppert Rd.

Lance with Riviera Crews:

> Completed work in 11-21 area including Westgate and Denton; and 11-25 area including Griffin Dr. Completed service at St. Mark and this general area

> Start Working on 08-23 along Main Street and 08-25.

Lee:

> Completed work in E. Wilson area, Reeve Street inside RCC and Headland Ave. inside Circle

K.J. and Cullman Crews:

> Restored Bob Hall, Nottingham, Twin Lakes areas with exception of 5 services

> Completed work in Stonebridge area

Ron:

> Restored 03-23 (partial) area including downtown and will continue working with additional outages

> Completed most of the work in Denton area inside RCC and will continue working remaining areas

 

UPDATE 4:34 PM:

Deputy Chief Chris Etheredge of the Dothan Fire Department sent a press release on the current power situation with Dothan Utilities.

Currently, over 7000 people are still without power. However, six crews along with aid crews from Riviera, Opelika, Sheffield and Cullman are working throughout the area to get power restored. These are the different progress reports from those crews:

Steve with Sheffield Crews:

> Restored Cloverdale area

> Continued work in 08-25 area including Kent, Newton, Burdeshaw and Porters (area)

Micah with Opelika Crews:

> Restored TV Road area

> Continued work in 04-22 area including bridge at 3rd Ave. and Haven Dr. including Oppert Rd.

Lance with Riviera Crews:

> Restored Shady Brook area

> Restored Flynn Substation area including Westgate to 431 and North on 431

> Restored 01-23 area including Young America

> Continued work in 11-21 area including Westgate and Denton; and 11-25 area including Griffin Dr.

Lee:

> Continued work in E. Wilson area

K.J. and Cullman Crews:

> Restored Bruner Rd. area

> Restored Bob Hall, Nottingham, Twin Lakes areas

> Continued work in Stonebridge area

Ron:

> Restored 03-23 (partial) area including downtown and will continue working with additional outages

> Continued work in Denton area inside RCC

There is also work being done to clear trees on Oppert Road, 08-25 inside the Ross Clark Circle, the Garden District and other areas with trees. They will begin work on Main Street, 08-23, 08-27, Kent Drive and Pettus Street next.

 

UPDATE 4:11 PM:

Ike Pigott with Alabama Power called WDHN News and confirmed that there are now only 1,600 outages in Houston County and 350 in Henry County.

Dothan Fire Chief also just emailed us and told us to expect new figures within the hour.

 

ORIGINAL REPORT:

(WDHN) — Crews are still working to restore power to Wiregrass residents, although repairs have now started to slow down.

According to a Facebook post by Wiregrass Electric Cooperative, large amounts of people got power back initially because the company's repairs to its substation lines were able to connect more people to the grid than the repairs to the single phase and tap lines.

"The single phase lines and tap lines that deliver power to your transformer take the same amount of effort to repair as the others — but only restore power to a small number of homes," the post stated. "That’s why the 'members without power' number we report over the next few days will fall at a much slower pace than it did the first two days."

Currently, 7,610 members of Wiregrass Electric are left without power. Here's how it stacks up by county:

County Members Served Members Without Power
Covington 1,058 0
Coffee 1,200 0
Houston 16,863 6,702
Geneva 7,937 899
Henry 30 25
Dale 211 28

 

Pea River Electric Cooperative has 266 members without power. Here's how they rank by county:

County Members Served Members Without Power
Barbour 3,335 53
Coffee 235 0
Dale 7,862 0
Geneva 2 0
Henry 2,984 178

 

Alabama Power announced their final report on Twitter Friday, saying that they expected to have 98 percent of their customers back online by midnight.

At the time, the number of outages was 6,400 in Houston County, 1,700 in Henry County and 300 in Geneva County, 8,400 in total. A representative with the company spoke to us on the phone and told us a technician should have the latest numbers to us soon enough.

Saturday morning, Dothan Utilities announced that only 7,300 of its clients were left without power. We reached out Saturday afternoon and are waiting for a response on the updated numbers.


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