Helping Co-ops in the path of Hurricane Irma
On Sunday September 10th, Nolin RECC deployed 12 line techs at 6 AM to help with power restoration in Georgia after Hurricane Irma knocked out power to approximately 595,000 members of electric co-ops in that state. The Nolin crews are working to bring the lights back on for members of Excelsior Electric Membership Corporation, which serves eight counties in southeast Georgia. Florida and Georgia were both heavily impacted by Irma and it is estimated 1.4 million were left in the dark.
Electric cooperatives in Florida and Georgia have restored almost 75 percent of Hurricane Irma’s outages. 232,000 co-op outages remain in Florida and 122,000 remain in Georgia.
New challenges like the flooding of roads and increased traffic are impeding progress as co-ops work to clear vegetation and rebuild power lines. Co-ops continue working through these and other hurdles as they restore power to those who remain without service. To see what some of the crews are experiencing as they restore power be sure to watch this great restoration video produced by Jackson EMC.
Hundreds of thousands of co-op members are going on day four or five without power. As crews continue working around the clock, they are asking for patience and perseverance from those who still can't turn on their lights. Co-ops throughout the impact zone have done a tremendous job of leveraging social media to share timely updates and photos with their followers. They also continue to educate members about the dangers of improper generator use.
The people of Florida and Georgia express their gratitude for the line techs from across the nation who dropped everything to lend a hand.