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In the wake of Hurricane Irma, A reported that the peak outage numbered around 15,000 customers out statewide. Currently the number is closer to 7,000 and according to Tray Leslie of Georgia Power; linemen have been and will continue working to restore power to all of their customers. His message, “Be patient with us, work with us, we do know your power is out and we know it can be a trying time to be out for an extended period of time. We are working as diligently as we can and safety is our top priority. Keep in mind, this is not an isolated incident, it covers the entire state."

And when it comes to exactly how they restore power, customers must remember there is a strategic method in place to be the most efficient.

"We have crews in every area, but our pattern is to get the majority of the customers on first. In other words, we might have one device that has several hundred customers out versus another device that has a couple of ten out, so we are going two work on the one that has several customers out," Leslie stated.

Additionally, Altamaha EMC reported that the peak outage numbered around 15,000 of their 20,000 members. Currently the number is closer to 8,000 without power and that number is dropping according to Tammye Vaughn of Altamaha EMC. “In addition to the entire employee base of the Cooperative, EMC has three outside crews working with us and we are working as diligently and as safely as we can to restore power,” said Vaughn.

One of the biggest problems they have had to deal with, are broken poles due to trees, which according to Vaughn, extends the service time. Regardless of the extra time it takes, Vaughn assures members that Altamaha EMC is working around the clock to restore power.

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