published Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

About 600 North Georgia EMC customers remain without power

The North Georgia EMC said about 600 of its customers still are awaiting restoration of power that was knocked out as a result of heavy rains and flooding that began Monday.

As of 4 p.m. today, the bulk of those without power are in Catoosa and Walker counties, a release said.

But the North Georgia EMC said new outages had been reported throughout today across its 7-county service area as a result of trees falling into lines.

More than 200 lineworkers and field personnel continue on the job in an effort to restore power, the North Georgia EMC said. Crews will continue their tasks until all power is back on.

“Our lineworkers along with the visiting crews have had a very busy year in the way of storm work,” Jeff Brown, NGEMC vice president of operations, said. “This event has been a little different in that on top of the strong winds, the crews have had to contend with high waters and dangerously weak soil conditions.”

He said “though the winds have not been comparable to April and June storms, our crews have been surprised at the large number of trees on the ground. This has certainly been a challenge to our restoration efforts, but once again, we appreciate the dedicated effort of our line crews and the patience and grace of our customers.”

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