BLOG: Decatur Utilities restores power after major outage

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) - Decatur Utilities has restored power to about 11,500 customers in the eastern half of the city.  The outage began around 12 p.m. and was restored by 1:15 p.m. It affected homes, businesses, schools and Decatur Morgan Hospital.

Check our archived blog below to see how the situation unfolded.

Claire Aiello January 8, 20151:25 pm

The utility says a problem arose with TVA’s incoming transmission line that feeds the Decatur Primary Substation.

WHNT News 19’s Al Whitaker reports Decatur Utilities is restoring power to some customers by switching the substation that provides their power.  So, they are slowly bringing a portion of the city back online, but still trying to correct the main issue with the transmission line.

Power is out at most traffic lights. Police urge people to treat intersections as four-way stops.

At 1:10 p.m. Decatur City Schools had 10 schools without power. They decided not to close them early because power is slowly being restored.

Earlier, a patient at Decatur Morgan Hospital contacted WHNT News 19 to say power went out around 12:30 p.m.

Claire Aiello January 8, 20151:26 pm

Again, the 10 schools that lost power will remain open for the rest of the school day because power is coming back online.  The superintendent made that announcement around 1:20 p.m.

Claire Aiello January 8, 20151:32 pm

UPDATE: All power restored.  The outage affected 11,475 customers across the eastern half of the service area.  Power was out for about 75 minutes.

Claire Aiello January 8, 20151:33 pm

Decatur Utilities spokesperson Joe Holmes says teams are investigating the cause of the outage, but it is expected to be a switching issue with the TVA transmission system and is not thought to be weather-related.

Claire Aiello January 8, 20151:33 pm

All service was restored by 1:15 p.m.

Claire Aiello January 8, 20151:43 pm

The schools that lost power were Decatur High School, Somerville Road Elementary, Walter Jackson Elementary, Ben Davis Elementary, Leon Sheffield Elementary, Brookhaven Middle School, Oak Park Middle School, West Decatur Elementary, Banks-Caddell Elementary, Austinville Elementary and the central office, according to Superintdent Ed Nichols (via

Claire Aiello January 8, 20152:42 pm

NOTE: If you took a photo or video during the outage, we’d love to see it! We may use it in our newscast this evening or here on This can include a police officer directing traffic, a utility crew at work, a traffic light out — anything you might have that shows how the outage affected you.

Please email it to or Tweet it @whnt, or send it to us on   – thank you.

Claire Aiello January 8, 20153:55 pm

3:45pm: Decatur Police says power has been restored to all intersections, however, many traffic signals have defaulted to their “flash” setting and are having to be reset manually. Please continue to treat these as four-way stops.