With a snow storm expected to enter the Cullman Electric Cooperative service area during the day on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, Cullman EC employees have been making plans for several days in the event severe weather should cause any power outages.
“Snow by itself doesn’t generally cause outage issues,” said Kyle Baggett, Cullman EC vice president of engineering and operations. “Tree limbs breaking under weight of snow and vehicles hitting our poles typically cause the most problems in these conditions.”
Operations superintendent Jim Glasscock said linemen crews have made sure all service vehicles and bucket trucks are fueled and fully stocked with supplies. Plans are also in place should road conditions cause travel problems.
“We’ve had several meetings this week to prepare for this winter storm,”Glasscock said. “We have six service trucks, and those will be driven home tonight be employees who live in different areas of Cullman and Winston counties,”Glasscock explained. “That will help us respond quicker if we have any power outages. The closest person will respond to the trouble call. We have one crew foreman who will be staying at the office tonight, and will assist any standby crews if they need poles delivered. We have chains ready to put on our trucks if necessary, and everyone with a four-wheel drive company vehicle will take it home tonight so they can pick up other employees in the morning and bring them safely to the office if necessary.”
To report a power outage, please call 256-737-3201.