Scottsboro Utilities Helping Restore Power In Athens

By  | February 16, 2021 | Filed under: News
ATHENS-Athens Fire and Rescue has cleared the tree from Grace Avenue and First Street but that area is still slick from ice.
Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road at I-65 is slick as is U.S. 31 south of Tanner Crossroads. Those who are traveling should continue to drive slow and watch for ice and fallen limbs and trees on all streets. EMA has issued a travel advisory and deemed county roads impassable.
Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks said Athens Utilities has reported that crews from Scottsboro are coming to assist for as long as needed to restore power. “We appreciate Scottsboro extending a helping hand to our utility crews who are exhausted,” he said.
From the City of Athens:
Utilities
Athens Utilities Electric Department Manager Blair Davis said as of 6 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 16) there are 2,300 customers without power. For some of these customers, power could remain out through tomorrow as there are areas that must be cleared of trees before crews can get there to make repairs. Pockets of outages as well as isolated outages are scattered throughout Limestone County. Crews continue to work to restore power.“Trees and limbs continue to fall, hindering our efforts,” Davis said.Streets
Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said streets still have slick spots. There is a tree down at Grace Avenue and First Street, so avoid that area until crews can remove the tree. Limbs and trees are still covered in ice and some could fall throughout the day.

“If you have to be out, watch for fallen limbs and trees and use caution approaching and driving over bridges,” he said. “We did get spotty snow, so there may be patches of snow on streets that will melt and refreeze. Take your time.”

Johnson commended the Public Works Department for working throughout the ice event to sand bridges, intersections and around Athens-Limestone Hospital. Dolph Bradford, who supervises the Street Department, said his workers are having to take their time reporting to work today because of icy conditions, but crews will be out treating areas as soon as they can.

Sanitation
The Sanitation routes will not be run today. The department will monitor road conditions and provide an updated schedule of routes later today.

City offices
City offices are closed Tuesday (Feb. 16).”

From the Limestone County EMA:
“The Limestone County Emergency Management Agency has advised that all roads and bridges in Limestone County continue to be deemed IMPASSABLE, until further notice. 
Members of the general public are advised that all travel should be suspended or delayed.
Limestone County EMA will continue to closely monitor the situation.”
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