The heat is climbing, and the power was out in much of the Lewisburg Pike and East Fowlkes area of Franklin Tuesday morning, leaving many without air conditioning.
According to Jerry Bartley at Middle Tennessee Electric, a truck exceeding the height limit drove through East Fowlkes Street and took down a central power line, affecting up to 100 buildings.
Power out? Here’s why: This truck took down a central line at Lewisburg & E Fowlkes. Unknown time until restored. Several homes, businesses, & traffic lights affected. Use caution, watch for workers, closures & detours, treat dark intersections as 4-way stop. pic.twitter.com/qhYEdVj1sS— Franklin Police Dept (@FranklinTNPD) July 9, 2019
A team worked through the day to redirect power around the damaged area to restore electricity to as many homes and businesses as possible until crews could fix the shattered pole and tangled lines resulting from the truck’s crash. Some were without power until Tuesday evening.
Many businesses and organizations closed Tuesday as a result, including Franklin Special School District’s summer programs. FSSD took to Twitter to ask parents to pick up their children as soon as possible to relieve them of the lack of air conditioning.
URGENT: Parents of Summer MAC or WeeMAC students need to pick up children as soon as possible due to a power and phone outage in the area. With a 4-hour outage expected, temperatures will quickly rise outside of safety regulations. Thank you for your flexibility.— Franklin Special SD (@franklinspecial) July 9, 2019