Dozens of midstate utility crews hit the road before dawn Friday to help other states cope with devastating ice storms.
Georgia Power anticipates 400 workers and contractors will be needed as prolonged outages are expected across the southern Great Plains to the Lower Ohio Valley.
Shortly before 6:30 a.m., about a dozen men headed toward Arkansas from the utilitys Key Street location in Macon.
They anticipate being prepared to be gone for up to two weeks, said Mike Cady, service coordinator for Georgia Power. Theyre leaving their families behind and theyre just part of the heroes that go in and do the restoration work and its dangerous work.
Other crews are leaving from different regions across the state. The repair work is similar, but Cady agreed the men are not used to working in freezing conditions.
Leaving just ahead of the holidays is difficult too, but the workers know they have an important job to do, Cady said.
Its very rewarding because a community is not able to get back going after a storm until the power is restored. So we feel like were making a difference in peoples lives, he said.
The National Weather Service anticipates prolonged power outages as a major icing event is crippling a large section of the nation from Texas to the Northeast.