EMCs send additional crews to Mississippi

From Staff Reports
news@newnan.com
The number of Electric Membership Corporation employees headed to hard-hit areas following Hurricane Isaac continues to grow, as cooperatives in the region, including Coweta-Fayette EMC, survey damage and begin repairs to the electric distribution system.
As of 2 p.m. late last week, approximately 160 employees from 15 EMCs in Georgia had traveled to Mississippi to help restore power to thousands of consumers without electricity. Coweta-Fayette EMC linemen Wes Abbott, Robert McDonald, Charles Proctor, Dale McWaters, Ben Young, David Tillery, Chris Gray, Doug Worley, Bobby Smith and Lee Sewell joined in the effort by heading to Southwest Mississippi EPA in Natchez.
“The most severe weather has moved through and allowed the electric co-ops to begin identifying outages and the areas hardest hit,” said Georgia EMC Training, Safety and Education Vice President Jim Wright. “Now the real work begins.”
Initially, around 100 workers from Georgia began traveling on Aug. 29 to damaged areas in southern Mississippi, but the numbers continue to grow. Georgia line crews are expected to stay approximately 10 to 14 days, but will remain in the region for as long as necessary.
The crews, trucks and equipment are being coordinated by Georgia EMC, the statewide association, which works from an emergency plan to coordinate crews during events like ice storms, tornadoes and hurricanes.
As seasoned veterans of storm repair/restoration work, Georgia’s crews have extensive experience in South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida.

To date, crews have also been sent from Canoochee EMC in Reidsville, Carroll EMC in Carrollton, Cobb EMC in Marietta, Colquitt EMC in Moultrie, Diverse Power in LaGrange, Flint Energies in Reynolds, Grady EMC in Cairo, GreyStone Power in Douglasville, Okefenoke REMC in Nahunta, Rayle EMC in Washington, Satilla REMC in Alma, Snapping Shoals EMC in Covington, Southern Rivers Energy in Barnesville and Walton EMC in Monroe. That number could increase if additional crews are requested.

Georgia EMC is the statewide trade association representing the state’s 42 EMCs, Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp. and Georgia System Operations Corp. Collectively, Georgia’s member-owned EMCs provide electricity and related services to more than four million people, half of Georgia’s population, across 73 percent of the state’s land area.

Coweta-Fayette EMC is a consumer-owned cooperative providing electricity and related services to over 74,000 member accounts in Coweta, Fayette, Heard, South Fulton, Clayton, Spalding, Troup and Meriwether counties.



More Local

Sleep walking rape trial continues

Three witnesses were called to testify in Monday afternoon’s session of the trial of Benjamin Tyler Gray, 29, accused of rape after an ... Read More


Two men found dead in double homicide

Two men were found dead in an apparent double homicide on Monday afternoon.  The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office responded to a ca ... Read More


Georgia partisans feud over voter registration

ATLANTA (AP) — Amid a scramble for political supremacy in rapidly changing Georgia, Democrats and Republicans are pointing fingers ove ... Read More


Traffic re-routed on Jackson Street

Traffic is being rerouted on Jackson Street around the University of West Georgia project in downtown Newnan. The section of Jackson Street ... Read More


WHO: Nigeria's Ebola outbreak is officially over

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The World Health Organization declared on Monday that Nigeria is free of Ebola, a rare victory in the months-lon ... Read More

Person: Today’s young people also have wrongs to right

Freedom Rider Charles Person says today’s young people still have the opportunity to make America a better place. Person and fellow Fr ... Read More