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Power outage entering third day for eastern Ala. Counties

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Thousands of people are nearing the third day without power in several eastern Alabama counties. But, the end is in sight.

As of 4 p.m. Thursday about 4,500 people remain without power in east Alabama.  Crews have restored service to 98% of those who lost electricity. Efforts people like Melissa Jenkins, who lives in Rainbow City appreciates.

"They've done a great job. I mean you couldn't of asked for better than what they've done," Jenkins said.

Alabama Power officials says a 1,000 local and out of state crews are on the ground tending to the widespread outrages which include, Blount, Calhoun, Cleburne, Etowah, and St. Clair counties.

By mid morning Thursday approximately 7,000 customers in Etowah County alone were powerless. Fewer than 2,000 people need power in the Attalla area, according to the area's Emergency Management Agency officials.

The mangled power lines and tree debris posed some challenges in many areas for crews trying to get people back on the grid.

"Getting to certain places. Getting trees off lines. Coordinating with municipal officials to get the roads cleared, so we could pass," said Alabama Power Eastern Division Area Manager, Steve Hildebrant, Alabama Power Eastern Division Area Manager.

The utility company expects to have all power restored by midnight.



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