Calls started coming in about 6:30 a.m. said Wendell Wood, Heflin business office manager for Alabama Power. The company was able to start restoring power within 30 minutes, Wood said. Power was completely restored by 8 a.m.
Superintendent Claire Dryden said the school’s power was restored by 7 a.m. However, the school excused all tardies and absences for the day. Many of the families in the Hollis area use wells for their water, and with the power out, they had no water either, Dryden said. That would have made it difficult for the students to get ready for school, she said.
“It was just for the families, a convenience for the families,” Dryden said.
Six substations were affected by the broken line, Wood said. Wood was unsure what caused the power line to break. But the men working to repair the line had a theory.
“It looks like lightning strikes in the past and this cold coming in may have caused the line to break,” said Jamie Machen, who was working to repair the line off Brockford Street in Heflin about 9:30 a.m.
The lightning strikes weakened the line; then the cold weather caused it to contract and that could have caused it to break, Machen said.
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