NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Valley Authority is supporting local relief efforts as it continues to repair the transmission system in Middle Tennessee counties hit by devastating tornadoes in early March.
TVA and local power companies worked to quickly restore power in areas where power lines, poles and towers were downed. Now TVA has also committed $100,000 to local relief funds across three affected counties.
“Recognizing there are needs beyond restoration of transmission lines, we wanted to provide funds directly to communities by supporting tornado relief through charities in Putnam, Wilson and Davidson Counties,” said Jeannette Mills, TVA executive vice president and chief external relations officer.
The three counties will receive $30,000 each. In Wilson County, the funds will be dispersed to charities Rehab 23 and MJ4 Hope; in Putnam County, the Putnam County Tornado Relief Fund; and in Davidson County, Hands On Nashville and The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The remaining $10,000 will go to the Red Cross Southern Tornadoes and Flood Relief Fund.
In addition to restoring transmission lines, TVA’s Equipment Support Services group provided generators, skid loaders, chainsaws and worker safety equipment. About 45 TVA transmission crew members supported debris clean up in Mt. Juliet, removing more than 25 truckloads of brush, 4 truckloads of metal and 20 truckloads of trash and debris. TVA continues to lend equipment for cleanup across the affected counties.
“Putnam County is very appreciative to TVA for responding to us in our time of need. The EF-4 tornado destroyed almost 300 homes and damaged a total of 700. The storm also left a massive trail of debris across an eight-mile stretch of our county. TVA was there for us and we are forever grateful!” said Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter.
TVA transmission crews expect to repair the last of 38 structures damaged by the tornadoes by the end of April. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, crews are doing this work in smaller groups. The power system is stable and providing reliable power to the area.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power companies serving nearly 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system, and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.
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