Georgia Power says they've brought in 1,000 additional personnel and contractors to help restore outages here in Central Georgia.
Georgia Power told WMAZ in the late afternoon on Tuesday they'll have crews out around the clock to try and restore power as quickly as they can. During that same phone call, Georgia Power said 39,000 customers in Bibb, Twiggs, and Jones Counties were still without power, 68,000 across the Central Georgia region.
Driving around Macon Tuesday, it was clear their work is cut out for them.
“We're lucky cause it fell kind of to the southwest and when it did it took that main line across and the line was under the tree,” Ed Walter said while walking around his front yard.
Walter and his wife have been without power since Monday morning. A fallen tree wrecked the cable, telephone, and power connections to their home. Luckily, it did not hit their home.
Walter is keeping good spirits even without power.
“We're alright, we went out and got something to eat but everything in this area is out,” Walter said.
Irma caused a 'multiple day' outage event for Georgia Power. Theresa Robinson says they prioritize restoring emergency services first.
“And then we look at where we can get the most numbers of customers on at one time. Either by getting some trees off the lines or doing some switching,” Robinson explained.
Georgia Power is calling this an unusual restoration because of the damage Irma caused.
Robinson says downed trees on lines and wind-blown lines are their biggest headache. Driving around Macon, you could see the damaged lines in several areas. It even closed off part of Ingleside Avenue.
With thousands without power, it's going to take some time before you get power back.
“What we can say is it could be multiple days, up to a week,” Robinson said at the Macon Coliseum staging area.
Georgia Power has brought contractors and crews to help restore power from around the southeast, including Mississippi and Alabama.
They say crews are working around the clock, but they're giving each crew an 8 hour break a day.
But for people like Walter, it'll take some time and heavy-lifting to get the lights back on.
Robinson and Georgia Power did want to remind people not to touch downed power lines in front yards or driveways. They also asked that people not try to remove branches or other debris from lines themselves, even if they think lines are dead. In can be incredibly dangerous, and potentially deadly.
At this time, Georgia Power expects total restoration to take days, not weeks, but they say they’ll have a better idea of the total time it’ll take by Thursday.
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