EMCs Make Steady Progress on Outages

TUCKER, Ga. – At 5 p.m., approximately 47,000 EMC customers remain without power as a result of a winter storm which brought as much as 13 inches of snow to some areas.

Today, EMC crews have restored service to nearly 24,000 customers and will continue to work until all power is restored. To aid in the pace of restoration, nearly 300 additional linemen and 50 right-of-way crews from Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida and South Carolina have been working in the affected areas.

Damage has been particularly severe 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. These areas received heavy snowfall which weighed on trees causing them to fall in roadways and on power lines. Trees and other debris have to be removed from roadways before crews can reach many areas to begin work.

Restoration has been time-intensive as outages are widespread and located across EMC service areas. The rate at which service is restored has varied based upon the level of difficulty of each repair and other factors such as extent of damage and location of the outage.

Medically fragile customers or those who require electricity should make alternate arrangements in the event every service is not restored this evening or sometime tomorrow.

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 a.m. tomorrow.