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BY JUSTIN MINYARD
West Point residents are about to find themselves in the dark.
A blackout has been scheduled for customers receiving electricity from the city from 1 to 6 a.m. Friday.
The blackout is the cityâ€™s response to a defunct â€śpole,â€ť which ultimately serves as Tennessee Valley Associationâ€™s (TVA) conduit by which it transports electricity from its substations to West Pointâ€™s substations, where electricity inevitably winds up in the dwellings of city residents. In order to make the maintenance as safe as possible for the crews set to work on replacing the pole, the electrically active objects in close vicinity to the pole needed to be rendered inactive.
West Point Water and Electric Superintendent Dwight Prisock said the maintenance should be a fairly painless process, though.
â€śIt should go smooth,â€ť said Prisock. â€śWeâ€™re expecting it to take about three hours if everything goes perfect.â€ť
Although the blackout is scheduled to last into the waking hours of the day, the restoration of power to the city is ultimately dependent on the duration of said maintenance, said Prisock.
â€śIf the (process is completed) in two and a half hours, then power is restored in two and a half hours,â€ť Prisock said.
The last blackout West Point underwent, according to Prisock, was three and a half years ago when a string of tornadoes struck the area. However, the passing of time will have no effect on the efficiency of the maintenance crew working to restore power, nor law enforcement and emergency response entities.
However, late night crawlers will be in a tight spot as the West Point Police Department plans to enforce a four-hour curfew starting at the beginning of the blackout and ending at 5 a.m. in an effort to prevent mischief.
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