As high winds reached our service area, outages began being reported around 3:00 a.m. The wind has brought down trees onto power lines, breaking some poles in the process.
We currently have 8179 members out of power at 68 locations. Cherokee has 172 members without electricity, the two largest being in the Fincher Road area and the Fletcher Drive area. A crew is assigned and will move across this county making repairs. Dawson has 2205 members out primarily in the Rock Chimney Lane and Pine Tree Drive areas, which is near the Lumpkin County line. Crews are assigned to both locations. Gilmer has 739 members without power, mainly in the eastern part of the county. Gordon has 45, Lumpkin 1786 near Bailey Waters Road and Rock Chimney Lane. Pickens 3232 in the north eastern part of the county near Young Life, Denny Ridge and Sassafras Mtn. There is also an outage in the Camp Road/Mineral Springs /Road area, as well as smaller outages across the county. Crews have been assigned to these areas. When repairs are completed at these locations, the crews will move to other areas that need restored.
Important to note: High winds are expected throughout much of today, so additional power outages are likely. Please dial one of these numbers to report an outage 706-253-0359 OR 706-276-0359 OR 706-864-0359. Any outages and information regarding an outage must be reported to these numbers to be accurately recorded. In the event of a downed power line, do not go near it. Call 911 first to report it, then call one of the above outage numbers to register it in our automated outage management system.
Thank you for your patience and all power will be restored as soon as is safely possible.