UPDATED 5-29-2017, 9:30pm:
Assistance from power crews from nearby utility companies and around-the-clock work by New Albany lineman had service restored to most electricity customers early Monday evening.
New Albany Lights, Gas and Water (NALGW) Manager Bill Mattox reported that, as of 7 p.m., all but around 250 of the homes that lost power during the 70 m.p.h. winds Saturday night were back on line. He estimated that 100 or more such customers might be restored by the time the evening was over and that 100 to 150 might not have electricity until Tuesday.
Major structural damage was done to the New Albany power grid, with many utility poles down.
Mattox said crews from Tupelo, Northeast, and Tombigbee Electric were helping NALGW crews rebuild the system.
A Memorial Day weekend storm bringing high winds estimated at over 70 mph, along with strong lightning and heavy rain rolled through the New Albany area around midnight Saturday, May 27.
Though there are no known injuries, there was a good deal of damage from winds and falling trees and large tree limbs. There have been reports that about 20 utility poles were broken during Sunday’s early morning thunderstorm. Thousands of area customers have experienced power outages of varying lengths.
Bill Mattox, manager of NALGW, says that he expects to have all but about 500 of their 10,000+ electrical customers back on line by midnight tonight (Sunday, May 28th).
The other 500, he hopes to get by close of business tomorrow ( Monday), though a few may take longer.
NALGW has received assistance from Tupelo power crews in the wake of this holiday weekend storm.
Many NALGW customers have expressed their appreciation for Mattox and his employees and their commitment to restoring services in the aftermath of storms such as his one.
New Albany area deals with Memorial Day weekend storm damage:
Information for homeowners who hire contractors to repair damages: http://nanewsweb.com/contractors-for-storm-repairs/