New Alabama Power center opens in Jasper Tuesday


The new Alabama Power office in Jasper will open for business on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 2501 Highway 78 West - essentially the intersection of Elliott Boulevard and Highway 118. 

The doors for the center will open at 8:15 a.m., without ceremony. 

Alabama Power announced in December 2018 consolidating locations by constructing a new office building west of Jasper off Highway 118 by early 2020 — an idea that jelled with the flooding of their downtown Jasper facility in July 2018. 

The electric utility's office, as well as the Jasper City Board of Education office, were damaged in flash flooding. According to reports at the time, floodwaters were between 4 and 5 feet deep in Alabama Power's basement.  All information technology and electrical equipment in the building was in the basement and was destroyed, as well as some equipment was in storage at that bottom level.

Britton Lightsey, the company's countywide manager, said in 2018 the company had been floating a possible move for some time, noting parking problems, limited space configurations and the post-flooding condition of the roughly 17,000-square-foot downtown building. 

The utility's Jasper office was temporarily relocated to the Parkland Shopping Center after the flooding. 

More details will be furnished next week in the Daily Mountain Eagle.