- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) - The city of Greenville is installing backup power generators in key locations and plans to finish the work this year.

Generators are going into the terminal at the Greenville Mid-Delta Airport and at the airport’s fire station.

Generators also are being installed at the municipal wastewater treatment plant and at Fire Station No. 8.

In addition, four water wells will receive backup power.

“We’ve been working on it for almost four years, and it’ll be really great to have the emergency backup,” Councilwoman Carolyn Weathers told the Delta Democrat Times (https://bit.ly/1tHAJNo).

The generators will be powered by natural gas to ensure they work should a storm or other emergency knock out power, Weathers said.

The project primarily is being funded by a $316,000 grant from the National Emergency Management Association.

The need for backup power was made apparent following the devastating 1994 ice storm, which left Greenville without running water for an extended period of time, Weathers said.

“You don’t think about what would happen if we had no water and there was a fire to put out,” she said. “It is an important project to complete for the city to function at its highest level.”

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Information from: Delta Democrat-Times, https://www.ddtonline.com

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