HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from Mississippi Power
Columbia Mayor Robert Bourne met Tuesday with employees in Mississippi Power's Pine Belt division to personally thank them for their efforts restoring electric service following the Dec. 23 tornado that swept across the state. Three residents of Columbia were killed in the storm and more than 3,700 customers lost power.
"You kept your promise. You did your job. You were phenomenal," Bourne said. "For that, I thank you on behalf of myself and the citizens of Columbia."
As residents of Columbia continue rebuilding their homes and businesses, Bourne said the company's tremendous response, which involved more than 300 employees and contractors, was critical to starting the process.
“I stopped for a few minutes on the night of the storm to watch some of you working. To see you working on poles and wire in the rain and cold was a sight for sore eyes,” Bourne said. “We've received support from all over the place. They come with their shovels and their rakes and they want to help. “
Restoration crews worked throughout the night of Dec. 23 to restore service as quickly and safely as possible to customers that could receive it before Christmas. More than 50 utility poles were replaced by distribution crews and approximately 2.2 miles of conductor was restrung on the transmission lines that serve Columbia.
“This is a reminder of the impact we can make on our communities,” Pine Belt Division Manager Michael Harvey said to the crowd. “We shouldn't take that for granted. Your everyday efforts make our jobs easier when it's time to speak with public officials.”
The mayor also thanked the Pine Belt Community Connection members who volunteered in the
on Jan. 8 that raised more than $218,000 for victims of the storm.