Local utilities workers, with the assistance of the Tennessee Valley Authority, are continuing to make repairs at the primary Cullman Power Board substation.
Thousands of residents across the city and county are without power because of a transformer failure at the substationb at Alabama 157 and U.S. 31.
Mike Manning, general manager of Cullman Power Board, said the failure at the substation occurred about 1 p.m. The failure also impacted the southern Cullman substation. Power failures have been reported across large portions of the city as well Berlin and Holly Pond.
Manning estimated the complete repair to take 10-12 hours. He said some residents may see power restored earlier.
Brian Lacy, spokesman for the Cullman County Electric Cooperative, said both the city and county providers run off the primary substation. He estimated 13,000 county residents are without power, including a large area of Holly Pond as well as Trimble, Berlin, Jones Chapel and Ebeneezer.
“The process of restoring power to customers takes so long because you have to switch sections back to the backup transformers, and that can’t be done all at once. TVA is assisting with it and we should see people coming back on line soon,” Lacy said. “We hope to have everyone back with power by tonight.”
Some businesses shut down during the afternoon because of the power loss.