Latest Update Re: Area Power Outages From Carroll EMC (1:00pm)
REMAINING NUMBER WITHOUT POWER: 164
POWER TO BE RESTORED BY: Wednesday afternoon, with a possible exception of a few isolated cases.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR TODAY: We expect to complete restoration by this afternoon. Other EMC crews have been kept on contract through today to ensure progress. The rate of reduction has been consistent across all counties that we serve. Within the first 24 hours, we were at 94% restoration, at 36 hours 99% complete, and expect to be 100% complete before the 48 hour mark. Our website and social media sites have been a much bigger factor during this event and a great deal of information can be found in our Storm Center page on the website; including outage information, restoration policy, and links for preparedness. We are still fielding calls locally in our call center at 770/832-3552.
CARROLL EMC SERVICE AREA: We serve 6 counties (plus additional lines) in Carroll, Haralson, Heard, Paulding, Polk, Floyd, Troup, and around state lines. We service 1100 square miles, 5,125 miles of line, & approximately 50,000 accounts.
DAMAGE ASSESSMENT: Destruction to trees, power poles, and homes was much greater than originally thought. This storm affected virtually every square mile of our service territory. The initial effort is to get Members’ power restored; however this is the equivalent of 10,000 band-aids. We will spend many weeks performing maintenance to the system.
CARROLL EMC CEO CHIP JAKINS:
“We have worked 24 hours a day to restore power since early Monday evening. Crews are still fully staffed, including contract crews from other EMCs, as of this afternoon to help complete our restoration. While there will always be individual frustration, our Membership as a whole has been very supportive with our ability to respond very quickly to a storm of this magnitude. Our entire service territory should be completely restored in under 48 hours while there are areas around us and over the state line that are predicted to be without power until sometime next week. I couldn’t be more proud of the efforts of our cooperative employees in serving our Members while many of their own families were at home without power. That is the cooperative way.”
SUPPORT FROM OUTSIDE CREWS:
Jackson, Walton, North Georgia, Amicolola, & Snapping Shoals EMCs.
23 crews – including 12 bucket trucks, 5 derrick trucks, several pickups, and 41 linemen