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Athens recovers after destructive storms

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Between 100 and 150 big power poles were snapped in half during the storms. Between 100 and 150 big power poles were snapped in half during the storms.

Wednesday morning, utilities crews from across the state will be in Limestone County to help clean up and get the lights back on.

The substation off Highway 72 took a big hit. It's one of the reasons why about 7,000 people in Limestone County are still without power.

Wednesday, crews from Decatur, Florence and Scottsboro will be there to help.

The Athens mayor said they have to replace between 100 and 150 big power poles that were snapped in half during the storms. Since the City of Athens provides electricity to all of Limestone County, they're dealing with damage not only in the city limits, but throughout the county.

When asked how much the cleanup will cost, Mayor Ronnie Marks said they don't have a final number right now, but he wouldn't be surprised if it was close to a million dollars.

City and county officials will have a meeting Wednesday morning to get a better idea of the total cost so they can send those estimates off to the state for help.

In the meantime, Mayor Marks wants to the public to be patient. He said it could be two to three days before power comes back on.

Mayor Marks asked everyone to stay away from crews while they work. He said they have a lot of people coming by to check out some of the destruction, and that can slow down the recovery.

"We have people out here working and we're doing, like I said, four or five crews and we're working as fast and as hard as we can," Mayor Marks said.

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