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Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The number of Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) employees headed to the eastern seaboard to assist following
Storm Sandy continues to rise, as cooperatives in the region continue preparations in anticipation of the storm.
Approximately 130 employees from 16 EMCs in
Georgia began leaving Saturday and Sunday, while others will be heading out Monday and Tuesday for the coasts of
Virginia. There, they will help restore power to thousands of customers who are expected to be without electricity following the Storm.
"Going up before Sandy makes landfall gives our 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 these areas," says Georgia EMC Training, Safety and Education Vice President
"When the storm moves through, everyone will be in position and can immediately begin restoration work."
Since the Storm is expected to produce destructive winds and heavy rainfall, Wright anticipates the work for Georgia EMC linemen will likely involve clearing trees from roadways and power lines, replacing broken poles, stringing new wire and repairing individual service.
Georgia line crews are expected to stay approximately one to two weeks but will remain in the region for as long as necessary.
Electric cooperative crews in
Georgia are some of the most skilled and knowledgeable in the industry and have extensive experience working in storm conditions in
To date, crews have been sent or will be sent from 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, Tri-County EMC in Gray, Walton EMC in
Monroe and Washington EMC in Sandersville.
Wright says EMCs may send additional workers and equipment after the Storm moves through and the local electric cooperatives survey the distribution system and complete their damage assessments.