HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Utilities covers all of Madison County and a portion of Marshall County. Thousands of customers dealing with snow and cold hoping there are no problems.
“The snow per se, doesn’t really cause any major issues, ice does,” said Huntsville Utilities spokesman Bill Yell. “It doesn’t appear we’re going to have ice with this. The biggest problem we have is mobility issues. People sliding into poles or other equipment, and knocking the power out.”
In the last few weeks Huntsville Utilities has had to provide power during extreme cold weather. The demand was enough for supplier TVA to ask for voluntary conservation. This particular weather problem isn’t causing the same problem.
“We don’t expect this to get as low as the upper 20s, that should not be a problem. Of course, anytime something can break, but we have crews ready to go early tomorrow morning, because that’s when we feel that the next round is going to be rolling in, so they’ll be ready to go. But load should not be an issue an issue at all,” said Yell.
There is another weather system that’s likely to add to the snow coverage. The question is, can Huntsville Utilities crews get to problems in tough driving conditions?
“We have vehicles that are designed for dealing with this. We have a lot of four-wheel drive vehicles, all-wheel drive vehicles,” said Yell. “We can chain them. So we can do that. The conditions will take us a little bit longer, especially into the more mountainous areas that we serve.”
The bottom line, Huntsville Utilities isn’t being stressed by the snow, and they do feel ready to answer whatever problems crop up.