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EMC Power Restoration Nearly Complete After Hurricane Matthew

EMCs in southeast Georgia have entered the final phase of restoration following Hurricane Matthew and are focused on the remaining 2,000 customers without power in Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Evans, Liberty and Tattnall Counties.

Today, crews have been working scattered outages in mostly rural areas where they can work for hours on the remaining outages and restore service to a handful of customers.

Since Saturday, EMCs have restored service to nearly 100,000 customers in southeast Georgia which took a beating as Hurricane Matthew battered the Georgia coast. Outages were reported in every corner of EMC service areas, and some reported that 95 percent of the distribution system was knocked out as a result of the storm.

Due to the severity and extent of damage following Hurricane Matthew, nearly 400 crews have worked non-stop since Saturday on a lengthy restoration process caused by hundreds of trees in roadways and on power lines and hundreds of destroyed power lines and power poles.

Restoration work was especially challenging since the outages occurred in many areas that were inaccessible due to standing water and closed roads blocked by fallen trees and other debris. In many cases, crews had to cut their way into areas before they could begin actual repairs to the system.

Restoration for most of the remaining customers will be complete by midnight, but some work will continue tomorrow in areas with severe damage, accessibility issues due to standing water and saturated ground which is making it difficult to get heavy trucks and other equipment to these remaining areas.


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