EMCs Make Progress Overnight

TUCKER, Ga. – In the overnight hours, EMC crews restored service to approximately 64,000 customers in areas with heavy damage following a winter storm that produced as much as 10 inches of snow.

At 5 a.m., approximately 70,000 EMC customers remain without power. To aid in the restoration effort, nearly 300 linemen and 50 right-of-way crews from Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida have descended upon the affected areas. They will work until all power is restored.

Restoration has been time-intensive as outages are widespread and located across EMC service areas. The rate at which service is restored will vary based upon the level of difficulty of each repair and other factors such as extent of damage and location of the outage. For example, power lines in some remote areas do not always follow a paved roadway; many lines cross difficult terrain and present unique challenges.

Damage has been particularly problematic in in Cobb, Carroll, Cherokee, Douglas, Paulding and Union Counties. Other affected counties include Bartow, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Habersham, Hall, Haralson, Pickens, Rabun, Towns and White Counties.

The public should be especially careful of areas where line trucks and utility vehicles are working and stay clear of roadways.

Georgia EMC is the statewide trade association representing the state’s 41 EMCs, Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp. and Georgia System Operations Corp. Collectively, Georgia’s customer-owned EMCs provide electricity and related services to 4.4 million people, half of Georgia’s population, across 73 percent of the state’s land area.

Note: Another update is scheduled for 5 p.m.

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