Georgia Magazine - October 2020 - 14

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News from Georgia's electric co-ops * Compiled by Amy Schneider

Georgia linemen help hurricane-ravaged
Louisiana co-ops

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CLINT DURRENCE / COASTAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE

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TRISTAN SMITH

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Georgia Magazine

October 2020

BETHANY AKRIDGE / COASTAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE

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everal electric membership cooperatives
(EMCs) in Georgia sent crews of linemen
to help electric co-ops in Louisiana restore
power in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. The
Category 4 hurricane made landfall Aug. 27
and was the strongest storm to hit Louisiana
since 1856.
As of early September, Blue Ridge Mountain
EMC (based in Young Harris), Carroll EMC
(Carrollton), Coastal Electric Cooperative (Midway), Coweta-Fayette EMC (Palmetto), Flint
Energies (Reynolds), Grady
EMC (Cairo), GreyStone
Power Corp. (Douglasville),
Habersham EMC (Clarkesville), Little Ocmulgee EMC
(Alamo), Middle Georgia
EMC (Vienna), Mitchell EMC
(Camilla), Ocmulgee EMC
(Eastman), Okefenoke REMC
(Nahunta), Rayle EMC (Washington), Snapping Shoals
EMC (Covington), Southern
Rivers Energy (Barnesville),
Sumter EMC (Americus),
Walton EMC (Monroe) and
Washington EMC (Sandersville) had sent crews to
Louisiana.
"Co-ops in Louisiana are
reporting significant damage
and requesting as many crews
from Georgia as possible to help in
the restoration effort," said Harry
Reeves, vice president of training,
education and safety with Tuckerbased Georgia EMC. "In some
cases, 100 percent of systems were
without power immediately after
the storm.
"They've been dealt a tremendous blow, with winds in excess of
100 mph in some areas, which has
wreaked havoc with the electric
infrastructure."
In addition to providing labor
assistance, the Georgia crews
brought tools, equipment and basic necessities for
themselves and others in need of help.

Above: Coastal Electric Cooperative's first
group of linemen assisting in Louisiana
consisted of, from left, Slade Walker,
Bradley Mullis, Clint Durrence, Justin
Way, James Thomas, Brandon Harpe
and Josh Cowart. Left: From left, Middle
Georgia EMC linemen J.P. Smith, Silas
Turner, Bryant Fuller, Cory Singletary
and Caleb Pullen prepare to go to
Louisiana to help Jeff Davis Electric
Co-op restore power. Below: Clint
Durrence of Coastal Electric
documented some of the extensive
damage along the Louisiana coast.

EMCs in Georgia are providing assistance through mutual aid
agreements among the nation's
electric cooperatives, which help
one another during natural disasters, including storm restoration
efforts.
Electric co-ops in Georgia have
vast experience restoring power
following major storms. Georgia
recently has been especially hardhit with hurricanes, tornadoes and
ice/snow events. Georgia crews
have worked alongside co-ops from
South Carolina, North Carolina,
Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi,
Louisiana and Florida-plus some
from as far away as Michigan and Wisconsin-following the
historic damage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Michael.



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