Winter Storm Aftermath

West Georgia Region -- The number of homes and businesses in our region without power is down to about 1,400.

About 650 of those are customers of Georgia Power; and about 750 of those waiting for the lights to come back on are customers of Carroll EMC.
Carroll EMC Communications Manager Jay Gill said the weekend storm created the most significant outage event that Carroll EMC has experienced since Hurricane Opal in 1995.

Gill commented, "As of Friday morning we already had a couple of private firms and three co-ops sending us additional lineman. By Saturday morning, we were able to have 140 additional lineman to our 90 operations workers deployed throughout the field and actually working with another 26 coming in. We had more that 200 contracted lineman from around the state working to restore power to our membership."    

Gill says 10 inches of snow in less than 12 hours downed thousands of trees in the area and resulted in more than 30,000 recorded outages at any given time across the six county footprint that Carroll EMC serves.

Gill added, "That response time for this type of event is unheard of. They know we had a lot of snow but I don't think they realize the amount of damage we had across north Georgia, from metro Atlanta to out here in west Georgia, in particular, was hit harder than most places. "

Meanwhile, public safety crews continue to move branches and debris from side roads today. Temperatures are above freezing now and they are expected to stay that way until Tuesday evening. Hopefully that means we won't be dealing with too many slick spots when traveling.

Carroll County and Haralson County Public Safety officials are hoping to see things get back to normal early this week. Carroll county 911 dispatch answered literally thousands of calls over the weekend.

In Haralson County, EMA Director Brian Walker said 911 answered close to 500 calls, ranging from house fires, head on collisions and residents stranded on roadways.

If you are able,  residents may want to check in on their elderly neighbors who may have been without power over the weekend.

The boil water advisory for Haralson County Water Authority customers continues today. 

"We are just trying to slowly get our tanks back to normal. Demand on them has slowed that process down," said HCWA Manager Chad Smith.

Smith encourages customers to allow water to boil one minute past boiling point for water used to drink, cook or prepare food. He also advises residents to use less water in order to speed up the process. Follow the Newstalk 1330 Facebook page for updates.
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