TUCKER, Ga., Aug. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The number of Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) employees headed to hard hit areas following Hurricane Isaac continues to grow, as cooperatives in the region survey damage and begin repairs to the electric distribution system.
As of 2 p.m. EDT, approximately 160 employees from 15 EMCs in Georgia have traveled to Mississippi to help restore power to thousands of customers without electricity.
"The most severe weather has moved through and allowed the electric co-ops to begin identifying outages and the areas hardest hit," says Georgia EMC Training, Safety and Education Vice President Jim Wright. "Now the real work begins."
Approximately 100 workers from Georgia began traveling yesterday to damaged areas in southern Mississippi. 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 that coordinates crews during emergencies such as 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 been sent from Canoochee EMC in Reidsville, Carroll EMC in Carrollton, Cobb EMC in Marietta, Colquitt EMC in Moultrie, Coweta-Fayette EMC in Newnan, 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 customer-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.
SOURCE Georgia EMC