TUPELO, Miss. (Press Release) — Tennessee Valley Authority crews restored power to the Barnes Crossing area near Tupelo on Wednesday afternoon. While additional repairs to TVA’s transmission system must still be made, as of 6:23 pm CDT, all power has been resumed to Tombigbee Electric Power Association.
The restoration effort occurred in Tupelo, after TVA crews replaced 5 metal pole structures and restrung high tension lines, which allowed the local power company to finalize efforts to restore power to local residents and businesses. Additional repairs may still be needed on the local distribution system before all customer power is restored.
Monday, an EF-2 tornado demolished TVA’s 120 foot tall electric pole structures and downed power lines that service Tupelo’s Barnes Crossing area, which is a popular shopping destination served by Tombigbee EPA.
Additional TVA crews were brought in from other parts of the TVA service territory to assist in restoration efforts. TVA crews performed similar restoration efforts in other areas of Mississippi and Alabama following tornado damage.
Aerial photos of TVA repairing lines is available at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152027055302691.1073741838.254439857690&type=1.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.