Power system damage increase, outages decrease - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Power system damage increase, outages decrease

TRENTON, Tenn. (AP) - Officials of the utility that serves most of northwest Tennessee say the ice storm on Jan. 26 caused an estimated $7.2 million damage to its electricity distribution system.

Gibson Electric Membership Corp. had damage to nearly all its 166 miles of electric lines in Lake County and much of its 956 miles of line in Obion County.

There was less damage in parts of Dyer and Gibson counties.

The co-op serves 35,000 customers in eight counties.

President and CEO Dan Rodamaker said the damage is the worst in the utility's 72-year history.

Immediately after the storm, about 12,600 homes and businesses didn't have service.

The utility said Friday morning the number of outages had been reduced to about 365 and officials were asking customers who still didn't have electricity to call and report the outages.

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