Pictured are (l-r): Houston Dowling, Roger Sloan, Steven Wynn, Marcus Skelton, Will Teston, Ryan Carter, Jody Miller and Todd Gay.

Crews Being Dispatched to Assist Fellow EMCs Restore Power

Overnight Hurricane Michael made its way across the state causing storm-related damage across south and middle Georgia. Okefenoke REMC line crews worked through the night to respond to outages as they occurred, affecting 2,000 consumer-members. By noon the storm-related outages had been cleaned up.

Four OREMC crews have been dispatched to assist electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) in other parts of the state —Colquitt EMC in Valdosta and Oconee EMC in Dudley — that sustained significant damage to their systems. In some cases winds in excess of 100 mph caused widespread damage to trees, downing power lines and poles, requiring impassable roadways to be cleared before line workers could begin outage restoration efforts.

OREMC is one of 41 EMCs in the state of Georgia. Collectively, Georgia’s consumer-owned EMCs provide electricity and related services to 4.4 million people, nearly half of Georgia’s Population across 73 percent of the state’s land area. To learn more visit Georgia EMC at www.georgiaemc.com.