Press Release From DREMC Concerning Power Outages

Duck River ElectricMutual aid crews are flooding ice storm-damaged Duck River Electric Membership Corp. service territory today as efforts double-down to restore power to homes, farms and businesses in Marshall, Bedford and Coffee counties.
Boynton Valley substation was a related crisis that DREMC had not expected. One of TVA’s 161-kV steel transmission poles crumpled under the weight of ice-coated lines and fell on the substation’s tap. DREMC was able to back-feed some of the area served by Boynton. In the meantime, TVA was sending a replacement pole from Muscle Shoals.
Some co-op members might not be reconnected until later today or Thursday. Due to below-zero temperatures forecasted for the evening and early morning hours of Feb. 18-19, DREMC urges those still affected by outages to take steps to protect themselves and their families from potentially dangerous conditions. A shelter is open have opened in Manchester.
Nine outside crews with their bucket trucks and equipment rallied to help DREMC. They came from Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative, South Pittsburg; Tri-County EMC, Lafayette; Middle Tennessee EMC, Murfreesboro; Shelbyville Power; and Fayetteville Public Utilities. Crews from Alabama are scene include those from Joe Wheeler EMC and Black Warrior Electric Cooperative. Contractor crews round out those assisting local linemen.