Efforts continue this morning to restore electric service to over 5,000 Carroll EMC Members affected by yesterday’s storms.
Crews from Carroll EMC, Snapping Shoals EMC, Walton EMC, Jackson EMC and North Georgia EMC worked throughout the night within the co-op’s footprint. Areas of major emphasis today will include replacing broken poles throughout the system and repairing downed lines.
The majority of problems stemmed from strong winds and fallen trees taking down several miles of line randomly scattered across the EMC system. According to Tommy Cook, Construction Manager for Carroll EMC, “This system hit the west Georgia area pretty hard and fast. Wet soil and heavy winds are a bad combination causing tree damage to our lines.” “There was also no central path to this storm, so our damage is spread out evenly across our system, making it very difficult to repair,” added Cook.
As of 10:00PM Monday night, approximately 9900 Members were without power across six counties of the Carroll EMC system, representing about one-fifth of the total customer base. By 7:00AM Tuesday morning, the number had been reduced to 5,018.
Customers still without power who have not yet reported it should contact Carroll EMC at 1-877-9-OUTAGE or through the company’s website. Remember to stay clear of any downed power line, no matter what its location or appearance.