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March 7, 2012

TVA uses shielded explosives to repair lines

Residents who heard some loud booms around Limestone County on Tuesday weren’t just hearing things.

Representatives with the Tennessee Valley Authority said crews were using shielded explosive charges to repair and reconnect storm-damaged lines. Spokesman Mike Bradley said the work was scheduled to be completed Wednesday.

“TVA typically notifies property owners and surrounding communities when it conducts these types of loud line repairs, but TVA’s rapid response to the storm simply didn’t allow for that kind of advance notification,” Bradley said in a statement.

A press release issued Tuesday said all but five of TVA’s transmission lines were stable and secure following Friday’s storms. Officials said the three reactors at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant were not affected and continued to operate at full power.

Officials with Athens Utilities said the electric department was not affected by continued line work by TVA. General Manager Gary Scroggins said power was restored to its customers by Sunday afternoon.

Following Friday’s storms, more than 13,000 customers lost power after three substations at French’s Mill, Belle Mina and Athens went down. Two transmission lines were also knocked down.

Scroggins said the only job left to do now is clean up wire and transformers that could not be reused.

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