14,000 People Still Experiencing Outages in Parts of Central Alabama Due to Hurricane Sally
By Andrew Edwards
Hurricane Sally has come and gone.
The storm, which moved at five miles-per-hour or less for much of its lifecycle, dumped copious amounts of rain in parts of south and central Alabama.
In Butler County, the storm created some flooding that, as of 11a.m. Thursday, has caused several roads to be closed – including Ashley Road and Bowden Bridge Road.
For the most part, flooding has receded in central Alabama. However, power lines and tree debris across Butler County has led to some issues that are still being resolved. Lowry Road, Booker Road, Norrell Ave, and Halso Mill Road have all been closed due to power lines being down.
In Greenville, Gravel Hill Road has been closed due to a downed power line. However, city Police Chief, Justin Lovvorn, says that Alabama Power is in the process of fixing the situation.
“All in all, we really came out pretty well,” Lovvorn said. “Most of the roads are open and will be good to go today.”
The Police Chief did say that limited sections of town are still experiencing outages, such as the Pine Dale road area. However, he fully expects those homes to have their power back soon.
In Georgiana, downed trees have significantly impacted some roadways, leading to closures. Those roadways are Meeting Avenue, Hanks Avenue, Pettis Avenue, and Jane Avenue.
One homeowner in Georgiana, Derek Lisse, found a massive tree in his front yard after returning home from work yesterday. The tree left some minor damage on the left side of house. Lisse did however find some slight humor in the situation.
“Well, I suppose that’s what insurance is for,” Lisse said before cranking his chainsaw. “I was obviously pretty upset when I saw what happened, but there’s nothing I can do about it now.”
He confirmed that no one was in the home when the tree fell, and it that it would take him and other family members about 10 hours to clean up the wreckage.
Luckily, significant progress has been made this morning in the effort to restore electricity to Alabama Power customers following Hurricane Sally. Power has been restored to more than 16,500 Alabama Power customers across central Alabama since the height of the storm.
At present, approximately 130,000 Alabama Power customers are without service statewide. Of that number, 14,000 outages exist in central Alabama. Outages have been a result of numerous fallen trees and large limbs resulting in broken poles and downed wire.
The county-by-county breakdown of current outages can be viewed below:
Montgomery County – 5,300 customers
Elmore County – 2,000 customers
Butler County – 1,600 customers
Lowndes County – 1,500 customers
Elmore County – 1,500 customers
Autauga County – 1,300 customers
Tallapoosa County – 1,100 customers
Lee County – 400 customers
Dallas County – 300 customers
Wilcox County – 100 customers
More information will come as the situations unfold.