Amicalola EMC crews, along with dozens of crews from contractors and sister EMCs, continue to battle this morning. We are thankful for the clear weather. Currently, we have 19,416 outages at 522 separate locations.
The broken pole count is up to 55 and is still rising. There are still 7 entire circuits down, coming out of substations, but this number is down considerably from the high Thursday morning.
Help has arrived from the following companies FPU, Volunteer, MPS out of Cleveland, TN, Warren REMC, North GA EMC, multiple Pike crews, Treeline Right Of Way crews, Real Tree Right Of Way crews, Holston EMC, Shylan, Charles Wells Right of Way, Planters EMC, Kenergy from Kentucky, Farmers EMC and Asplundh Right of Way. We are very thankful for all the assistance that we have received from all over the southeast.
We ask for your patience as we continue to battle to get our system built back. It may have taken up 80 years to build it, but in a matter of hours we lost 80 percent of our entire service area, and we know we have to replace a minimum of 55 broken poles. We are working hard and never doubt for a minute that all power will be restored as soon as is safely possible. The line crews are highly trained, highly skilled tradesmen and there are safety protocols that must be followed to ensure that everyone gets to go back home healthy and well. We ask that everyone remember our members who are without power and are struggling to get through what is already a very challenging year….and we ask that you also remember our crews who are out working. Many of these men have left their homes states away, to come here to help restore power to our beautiful north Georgia area.