NASHVILLE, TN – Nashville Electric Service (NES) crews are heading to Newbern, TN, approximately 10 miles north of Dyersburg, TN, where a tornado is responsible for at least 23 fatalities and major destruction.
Four NES crews, with a total of 30 men, will be assigned to rebuild a major 161 kV transmission line which services the Jimmy Dean Foods plant and several residential subdivisions. An entire substation was blown away in the storm.
NES will be assisting Newbern Electric, a small utility with 1,700 customers and only five employees.
In August, Nashville Electric Service crews worked to restore power in Memphis and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.