Power Problem Affects Schools

Students at Choctaw County Elementary and Choctaw County High School in Butler were sent home Wednesday due to a power outage.

According to school superintendent Sue Moore, the problem was with a substation for the power company Black Warrior, which is supplied by Alabama Power.

The discovery was made just before the start of school. Moore said the buses were never unloaded. Once they arrived at the campuses, the buses were turned around and sent to take students home.

"I felt it was an emergency situation and it was the thing to do," Moore said.

The Choctaw County School District was not alone in being affected by the outage, county officials estimate that anywhere from 10 to 15% of the county was left in the dark.

"It affected all of Green Acres, the Lisman area and the Needham area," said Probate Judge D'Wayne May, chairman of the Choctaw County Commission.

May said officials with Alabama Power and Black Warrior say the problem was an electricity overload.

With forecasts for even colder and possibly wet weather, May says the county is ready.

As for the two schools, by mid-morning power was restored. Moore says, weather permitting, classes will resume Thursday as scheduled.

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