Alabama electricity crews assisting winter storm victims

By Mark Bullock - bio | email

PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - With winter weather wreaking havoc across much of the country, it's estimated that more than 800,000 homes and businesses are without electricity from Texas to Maine.

The ice is snapping so many power lines, many repair crews are overwhelmed.

As of Thursday there were three confirmed power companies in Alabama that are sending help.

Central Alabama Electric Cooperative, Alabama Power and Pioneer Electric have dispatched crews to various locations farther north.

C.A.E.C. sent nine line workers in three bucket trucks and three pickup trucks to help restore power in Kentucky.

Alabama Power released 300 contract crews for service in Kentucky, Missouri and Illinois.

Pioneer Electric says it's sending crews from its Greenville and Selma offices to Kentucky where more than half a million homes are in the dark.

Crews are expected to work for more than a week to bring those areas hard hit by snow storms back to normal.