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Subzero temps, power outage prompt EOC response

Although main roads were mostly clear, many shaded back roads throughout the county were covered with a layer of ice and snow, making travel difficult. Temperatures that hovered around zero, with subzero wind chills led to several travel adviseries. Carole Robinson


A power outage during subzero temperatures Monday night interrupted sleeping East Franklin residents with a jolt, but a quick response by emergency and utility workers restored heat a little more than two hours later.
A Franklin City Water Management Department employee Brandon Jones braves cold temperatures to fix a frozen water meter. Submitted
A Middle Tennessee Electric substation on Edward Curd Lane went offline during the night affecting about 2,500 residents in the Clovercroft Road area, said Josh Clendenen, MTEMC spokesman.
Williamson County’s Emergency Management Agency Director Mac Purdy, working with Williamson Medical’s EMS, the American Red Cross and Franklin Police Department, began crafting a plan to move senior residents of Fountains of Franklin Assisted Living to a temporary warming center around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.
The senior facility was one of many in the area without power, but because of the high-risk population the situation was monitored closely, Purdy said.
County emergency staff, according to Purdy, had already planned for the prolonged harsh temperatures, so when the substation incident was reported the response team was activated.
“The goal is not to have to move [residents]. It’s more dangerous on them.” Purdy said of the possibility of moving elderly residents into a temporary warming shelter.
He had already begun making arrangements with a Williamson County school or The People’s Church on Murfreesboro Road when he learned that MTEMC workers had successfully replaced an affected line to get the power running again.
As the winter continues, both Purdy and Franklin Police Sgt. Charles Warner noted that residents could stay in touch with breaking weather alerts by following the police department on Twitter, in addition to their news alerts.
Warner urged residents to report a power outage directly to MTEMC by calling (877) 777-9111. 
If a power outage at a location creates a life-threatening emergency or concern, Warner advocated calling 9-1-1. 
Franklin police were kept busy throughout the night, responding to more than 75 calls, many weather related. 
“Regardless of the harsh conditions outside, the unique demands of protecting the City and serving our residents do not decrease,” Warner said.

Posted on: 1/8/2014


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