Storms No Match for TVA Transmission Crews

Severe storms and tornados passed through Amory, Mississippi, on April 14, 2019, damaging five 75-foot-tall towers on the Browns Ferry Nuclear – West Point 500 kilovolt transmission line.

More than 60 skilled craftsmen from the transmission line group worked hard to clear the damaged structures and conductors and rebuild these five transmission towers in just eight short days. 

“Our team did an amazing job,” said Bret Renfroe, senior manager, Transmission. “The line was fully restored by day eight with no safety incidents. It wouldn’t have been possible without the whole Transmission team coming together: Engineering, Right-of-Way, Procurement, Aviation Services and of course our linemen. I am extremely proud to say that I am a part of this organization.”

It’s been eight years since one of the most damaging storms in TVA history, the tornados of April 27, 2011, ripped across the Valley.

System restoration and storm recovery is an important part of the service TVA provides to our customers, but we also work on preventive measures to help minimize impacts of a tornado before it occurs. Read more about the steps we take to “harden” the transmission system.