BY JUSTIN MINYARD
Weather forecasts paint an icy picture for Tuesday, but 4-County Electric Power Association (4-County) has boots on the ground to combat the expected adverse weather conditions.
According to a press release issued by 4-County, the company has initiated â€śemergency preparationsâ€ť to help suppress the blow of any â€śpossible weather damage to lines or equipment or service interruptionâ€ť to its power consumers.
â€śWe have crews and vehicles on standby ready to respond and we are watching the weather,â€ť 4-County Manager of Consumer Services Cliff Wall said. â€śIf anything happens, we will work as quickly as we can and as safely as possible to repair any damage and restore any outages.â€ť
The press release states ice storms can prove challenging for 4-County repairmen, citing a delay in reparation efforts due to the fact the â€śice has to recede before repairs can be made.â€ť
Joe Miller, 4-County safety and training coordinator, said there are a laundry list of safety factors that need to be considered during icy weather conditions.
â€śIf (there is) an ice event and lines are down, everyone should be very careful,â€ť Miller said. â€śIf you see a downed power line, stay away from it and call it in.â€ť
The â€śextreme cold,â€ť according to Miller, is also a foe to be wary of. Even in the event energy output is not hindered by power outages, individuals, he said, will be working more toward staying warm.
â€śPeople will be trying to keep their homes warm,â€ť Miller said. â€śBut they should remember to be safe.â€ť
West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said he did not expect any widespread power outages to occur within the city.
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