For high school juniors who live in an Amicalola EMC household, Amicalola EMC is pleased to announce we are once again offering opportunities for you to win an all expense paid trip as a 2023 delegate on the Washington Youth Tour. This will take place June 15-22, 2023. Please use the online form at www.amicalolaemc.com, My Community, Youth Tour to apply. You will need to upload a one page autobiographical essay and a letter of recommendation from your school counselor. In person interviews will be conducted in February and winners announced in March. Deadline to apply is January 31, 2023.
High school seniors who live in an Amicalola EMC household may apply for the Amicalola EMC scholarship online at www.amicalolaemc.com, My Community, Scholarships. Scholarships will be awarded based upon GPA, SAT or ACT scores and financial need. Scholarships may be used at a college, university or technical college. Deadline to apply is January 31, 2023.
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Water service has been restored and all our offices are open as usual. Thank you for your understanding during this time.
Due to problems with our water service provider, likely due to the recent near zero temperatures, we will be unable to open our headquarters office in Jasper to the public tomorrow, December 27. The drive thru will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. as usual. Thank you for your understanding.
Merry Christmas to everyone. Our crews continued to make progress yesterday and through the night and we are now down to 467 members without power.
One outage persists in Big Canoe and has 224 members without electricity. The affected area is Blazing Star Trail, Wild Pansy, White Aster, Wild Cat, Blue Sage and surrounding areas. Other smaller outages have occurred in the last 24 hours in other parts of our service area.
Even though it’s Christmas Day, our crews will be working today and every day until all power is restored. The extremely cold temperatures have given us some challenges, ones that we don’t face during warmer weather, but one thing we’ve learned is that each storm is different and has different characteristics and challenges.
Thank you for your patience. Please pray for the safety of our linemen and for the safety and well being of all affected members.
Our crews continue to battle this winter storm. We are now down to 955 members out, the majority of which are in Big Canoe. The challenging situation at Big Canoe has been a tough one, involving an underground line on the side of a bridge, the line in conduit and any water in the conduit pipe frozen solid. Digging a new line into ground that has been frozen for two days in sub zero wind chill temps has been time intensive. These are just some of the many challenges are crews are facing.
But we can say with confidence that our line crews and support personnel are some of the finest in the nation. You will not find a more dedicated group of people. They are your friends and neighbors, and are doing everything within their power to get your electricity back on so they can get home to their families too. We thank you for your patience and for your understanding.
The extremely cold temperatures are causing challenges to our crews. Currently in Jasper it is 11 degrees, and the wind chill is 6 degrees below zero. We commend them for their hard work during very difficult circumstances.
There are currently 1182 members out at 63 separate locations across our ten county service area. We have contractor crews that are working in addition to our crews, and all outages will be addressed as soon as is safely possible.
There are a couple of fairly large outages in the Dawson/Pickens areas of Big Canoe and surrounding areas that crews have worked on all night, and will continue to work on. Most of the other outages are small, less than 10-20 meters, and are scattered across our ten county service area. We have contractor crews that are working with our crews, and all outages will be addressed as soon as is safely possible.
If you are experiencing a power outage, please try to stay inside and exercise extreme caution when using backup heating sources. Updates will be provided to you as they become available. Thank you for your patience and please stay safe.
We are currently having external communication issues that are preventing our website and mobile app from being useable. Calls to our normal outage reporting system are being rerouted, but we are receiving the outage information.
We do have communications with all our substations, so we are aware of our current outages. Although it may not be visible to you via the outage map, we are aware of around 1600 members without power. These are primarily in the Big Canoe area, the Etowah substation, and a few smaller outages.
Crews have worked all night in Big Canoe. They are still working to resolve the issues which may now involve replacing an underground line. More information will be updated when it becomes available.
Regarding the Etowah substation, we are now assessing the problem. This station serves 1248 members in the Dawson/Pickens areas of Kelly Bridge Rd, Lovelady, Yellow Creek, Stancil’s Store, Eagle’s Nest, Cowart Rd, Chumley Rd.
9:00 a.m. Update – communications have been restored
We continue to make good progress today. We are now down to a few specific areas where equipment is being changed out, etc. The primary areas our crews are working in are Big Canoe in Dawson/Pickens counties, Lake Arrowhead in Cherokee County and north Gilmer County. Some members who had power previously have been taken out temporarily in order to make the necessary repairs. We will continue working, despite the bitter cold and extreme conditions, to restore all power as soon as is safely possible. Again, we appreciate your patience. We know that being without power is an inconvenience and we are working diligently to get everyone back on.
Our crews have made excellent progress in spite of icy temps and gusty winds. Only 409 members remain without power at 31 locations. We’ve gotten many locations restored, only to have others go off, but are hoping the wind holds off so all can be restored in a timely manner.
As you know, restoring power is a very dangerous job under the best conditions, so all safety protocols must be followed. Thank you for your patience and we will provide another update later on today.