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Local utility providers struggling with service issues during extraordinary cold spell

After dipping to a low of near zero last night, utility companies in Hardin and McNairy counties are struggling to cope Friday afternoon as temperatures are expected to remain below freezing for days.

Around noon, with the temperature still below 10 degrees, Pickwick Electric Cooperative said it has now stopped doing 30-minute rolling blackouts after power supplier Tennessee Valley Authority withdrew its request to do so. “However, we still ask that you take necessary steps to reduce your electric use until further notice to ensure a stable power grid for all,” PEC said.

Tennessee Valley Electric Cooperative is likewise asking for customers to voluntarily reduce power usage.

Other utilities and service providers are also experiencing some difficulties. Internet service provided by CenturyLink, now Brightspeed, was out in some parts of its local service area. Hardin County E-911 advises that there is currently a “low pressure natural gas issue in the Cravens, Pyburns and Northshore area.” A Courier reporter in the Adamsville area said the heat is out at his home due to an issue with the city’s natural gas system.

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  1. L. C. on December 24, 2022 at 9:16 am

    These 15 minute black outs , in these temps , were long enough to freeze our well pump.
    It was doing fine that past two days in these frigid temps cause we kept water flowing.
    So now we have no water. Thanks a lot.
    Are you going to replace all of our busted water lines????
    And shutting it down allowed the house to get cold so when the power is back on the heaters work harder getting it warm again.
    We’re just gonna have a great Christmas with no water now.

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