The Cullman Times
Residents who live in a wide section of east Hanceville were without electricity for more than four hours late Tuesday, after city employees working on a drainage repair project accidentally clipped a guy wire supporting a utility pole.
The outage, which lasted from approximately 3:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., affected power customers east of U.S. Highway 31 and, for the most part, south of Ala. Highway 91.
According to mayor Kenneth Nail, an employee operating a track hoe accidentally clipped a guy wire — partially concealed by vegetation — while working to repair a drainage problem in a residential area at the intersection of Williams Ave. and Elm St.
“We had put in a new pipe there, and we were only about 30 minutes away from finishing up,” said Nail. “The operator just didn’t see the guy wire — it was kind of hidden in the brush — and the track hoe took out the wire. It snapped the pole enough to shake all the lines and to take out a transformer.”