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SRE Passes it Forward in the Wake of Hurricane Michael

Last week, Southern Rivers Energy received mutual aid from MasTec and Gibson EMC (Trenton, Tennessee) to help with outages and damage caused by Hurricane Michael. We cannot thank them enough for their help.

The electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) in Georgia have restored service to 185,000 members since Hurricane Michael slammed Georgia as a Category 3 hurricane. As of Wed., Oct. 17, 25,000 members remain without power primarily in the South and Southwest portions of the state devastated by the storm.

EMCs have made great strides to repair and in some cases completely rebuild portions of the transmission and distribution network. Hundreds of EMC linemen are focused on power restoration at this time from Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia and South Carolina thus far.

Georgia Transmission Corp. reports that 89 of the 99 electrical substations that were damaged by the hurricane are now at full operation. In addition, nearly 50 high-voltage transmission lines have been repaired or replaced. These supply-side operations must be functional in order for EMCs to have electricity to distribute to their customers, so the recovery efforts have been a two-part process.

Monday, Southern Rivers Energy sent five linemen to our sister co-op, Ocmulgee EMC in Eastman, to help with their restoration efforts. They are scheduled to arrive at Grady EMC in Cairo tomorrow to help finish restoring power for approximately 4000 members. Saturday, we will send a crew to relieve them and the relief crew will stay for a week or until power is restored. We're thankful our territory was not damaged as seriously as predicted, and we are honored that we can send assistance to our fellow co-ops. #thankalineman

Gibson EMC crew (left): Greg Bryant, Kerry Kuykendall, Russell Hopper, James Nicks, Michael Atkins, Jason Mills, Hunter Taylor and Seth Turnbo.

MasTec crew (right): Nathan English, Donald Morgan, Tyler Samples, Damian Gunderson, Jason Ledbetter and Cameron Carter.


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