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City, county prepared for harsh weather

Staff Writer

The past couple of days, Pike County citizens have awakened to a unique sight ­ snow-covered trees and lawns.

Unlike Wednesday morning, Troy residents weren’t quite as cold when they woke up with no power and, therefore heat, Thursday morning, thanks to the work of Utilities Department employees.

James Flowers, Utilities manager, said power outages on Wednesday morning were the result of a "combination of things."

First, there was a problem with one of the substation breakers, meaning the workers had to "transfer power around" to other areas.

Then, another problem creeped up Wednesday night when small electrical fire was reported at the Elm Street Substation. Alabama Power Company employees were called in and that problem was quickly resolved.

Flowers was proud to announce there were no problems with power outages on Thursday.

Pike County Engineer Herb Huner said his crew has been "really busy" the past few days, preparing for and reacting to dangerous roadway situations.

Huner said his department was out both Tuesday and Wednesday night, sanding and scraping snow and ice off bridges.

Brundidge City Manager Britt Thomas reported "a pretty routine couple of days" in the city of Brundidge.

"It’s been uneventful, thus far," Thomas said, adding a "knock on wood" to that comment.