Planned Power Outage Friday Night in Mentone and Valley Head

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -- Tennessee Valley Authority crews will shut off power to the Sand Mountain Electric Cooperative substations in Mentone and Valley Head at midnight Friday as they repair a transmission line damaged in storms earlier this month.

SMEC's manager of member services, Diane Hale, said if there are no unexpected problems, all power should be restored by 4 a.m. Saturday, and possibly earlier.

"As always, the co-op regrets any inconvenience to members in these areas," Hale said.

"The equipment repairs are vital to the efficiency of the substation and to avoid unscheduled outages due to equipment failure in the future."

Mentone mayor Rob Hammond said power worked as usual after the storm but understands the need to make repairs to avoid issues in the long term.

He said first responders are taking precautions to help if needed during the outage.

"I've been in touch with the De Soto Rescue Squad and hopefully there are not any people that are on oxygen that need emergency power but we have that capability with our local volunteer rescue squad and also our volunteer fire department," Hammond said.

"They have some extra generators and if need be, we can get in touch with them if people need that for medical assistance.  Police will have an officer out when the power is out."