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Pearl River Valley Electric continues restoration from Columbia tornado

An EF-3 tornado destroyed parts of the city of Columbia Dec. 23. An EF-3 tornado destroyed parts of the city of Columbia Dec. 23.
COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) -

This is a news release from Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association.

Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association (PRVEPA) crews returned to work this morning responding to outages caused by a tornado that struck the Columbia area Tuesday. The storm caused significant damage to primary power lines along Highway 98, as well as to the Lakeview subdivision and East Marion High School areas.

As of 8:00 a.m., approximately 450 member-consumers were without service in the Columbia area, down from a peak of 4,100 outages. More than 200 linemen and support personnel went to work at daybreak Christmas Day in an effort to complete the restoration. Outages remain in the Lakeview area as well as along the east end of Highway 98 and out along Columbia-Purvis Road.

“We have replaced more than 150 poles damaged by the storm,” said Randy Wallace, PRVEPA's general manager. “At the end of the day yesterday we were able to rstore service to about 1,500 members. Our goal is have power restored to all members who can receive it by the end of today. We know it has been a difficult Christmas for many in our area, and these workers are determined to do what needs to be done to get service back as quickly and safely as possible.”

Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association serves more than 47,000 member-consumers in parts of 12 counties in south Mississippi. The Association's headquarters is in Columbia, with district offices located in Hattiesburg, Purvis and Wiggins. Storm-related information can be found at www.PRVEPA.com.

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