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SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Monday morning a WastePro garbage truck knocked out power to roughly 30 members according to Mayor Jim Heigl.

Those 30 members went over eight hours without power with heat indices reaching around or above 95 degrees today.

Residents from the housing authority were kept without power for such duration because the Sylacauga Housing Authority refused to write a purchase order for the Sylacauga Utilities Board to fix the broken poll and restore the lines, Heigl explained. Crews arrived shortly after the incident, but could not begin until a purchase order was made. Heigl said it is the duty of the housing authority to make the purchase order and allow WastePro’s insurance to cover the expenses.

“It’s hot,” Heigl said. “People have gone all day without power. People are losing their groceries because their refrigerator won’t keep cold.”

Sources say by 3:30 an order had been purchased.

At 4:00, crews were working to restore power to the area.


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