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Tri-County EMC Sends Crews to Maryland to Assist in Restoring Power

Electric Membership Cooperative employees from across the state made their way to the eastern seaboard over the weekend to assist in restoring power following Storm Sandy.

Five Tri-County EMC employees joined approximately 130 employees from 16 EMCs across Georgia to assist in restoring power after the storm. Tri-County’s employees traveled to Choptank EMC in Denton, Maryland to help with storm recovery. This area is expected to see heavy rains and high winds over the next two days.

“Going up before Sandy makes landfall gives Georgia crews the opportunity to work closely with the local electric cooperative to review road maps, scope critical locations and familiarize themselves with the electric distribution systems in the area, “ says Georgia EMC Training, Safety and Education Vice President Jim Wright.

“When the storm moves through, everyone will be in position and can immediately begin restoration work.”  

Because the storm is expected to produce destructive winds and heavy rainfall, Georgia EMC linemen will most likely be clearing trees from roadways and power lines, replacing broken poles, stringing new wire and repairing individual service. The crews are expected to stay approximately one to two weeks, but this timeframe may change once the damage is assessed.

To date, crews have been sent from Tri-County EMC in Gray, Altamaha EMC in Lyons, Carroll EMC in Carrollton, Central Georgia EMC in Jackson, Diverse Power in Lagrange, Flint Energies in Reynolds, Hart EMC in Hartwell, Irwin EMC in Ocilla, Jackson EMC in Jefferson, Jefferson Energy in Wrens, Middle Georgia EMC in Vienna, Mitchell EMC in Camilla, Snapping Shoals EMC in Covington, Southern Rivers in Barnesville, Walton EMC in Monroe, and Washington EMC in Sandersville.

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