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4:30 p.m. UPDATE -- ALDOI Operations To Be at Full Capacity on Tuesday

Electricity Restored to 90 Percent of Department; All Phone Service Restored

Contact: Ragan Ingram, Assistant Commissioner

334-269-3550

5/15/2006

The Alabama Department of Insurance will be at full staff and full strength on Tuesday  after interruption of electrical and telephone services at the RSA Tower in Montgomery due to a water main rupture on Friday.

Commissioner Walter A. Bell said that 90 percent of the Department's work areas had electrical power restored by 3:30 p.m. Monday. The final 10 percent was expected to be up and running by early Monday evening.

"We appreciate the public's patience with this situation," Commissioner Bell said. "We had some employees work in the dark and without air conditioning for a while Monday, and we appreciate their dedication.

"We are checking a storage room on the 23rd floor in which some files were stored to see what damage has been done there. It appears some files have been damaged, but not destroyed."

Generators are being used to provide power to the building until a permanent solution is implemented.

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