TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The recent arctic blast sent temperatures plummeting into the teens and single digits, leading to higher electricity and water bills.
Many people had to turn up their heaters and drip their faucets to keep utilities and themselves functioning.
Some Tupelo residents said they were expecting high water and electricity bills but not the amount they received.
“I was terrified,” Rashaman Buchanan explained. “I never had a bill that high. It was $368 but normally my bill is about $160.”
Another Tupelo resident Lametra Rogan said when she saw her bill she wanted to cry.
“Man it was crazy, $374,” said Rogan.
One woman, who asked to be anonymous, showed WTVA her $900 bill, in which $700 dollars of it was from this month alone.
“My second time around was $789 and high,” the anonymous woman added. “I guess because it was so cold.”
The weather was so frigid, it broke TVA’s record demand for electricity. Forcing them to ask consumers to conserve energy.
With the amount of electricity being used, Johnny Timmons of Tupelo Water and Light says, he knew the arctic temperatures would mean residents would crank up the heat.
“We know there will be some high bills, because of course they had to stay warm and we had issues with the water bills and busted pipes," said Timmons.
Timmons said if you have a hefty bill, they are prepared to work with you.
“We are here to help and work with them and work through this thing,” explained Timmons.
Tupelo Water and Lights said they have energy saving tips on the back of their bills.