Thousands of midstate homes still without electricity

February 14, 2014 

It’s been a long week for thousands of Middle Georgia residents who lost power during the ice storm, and some of them may not have electricity by the time the work week begins Monday. Gov. Nathan Deal extended the state of emergency declaration Friday for 15 Georgia counties where repair efforts continue, and several of them are in the midstate: Baldwin, Butts, Hancock, Jasper, Jones, Johnson and Washington.

Here’s a look at the outages:

• Georgia Power was reporting 6,800 customers were without power in a swath stretching from Macon to the Milledgeville area, including Bibb, Baldwin, Jones and Putnam counties, said Amy Fink, a company spokeswoman. Fink said power is expected to be restored to 95 percent of the customers by 1 p.m. Saturday.

• Tri-County EMC: There were still about 3,500 Jones County customers without power late Friday afternoon, said Greg Mullis, the senior vice president of energy services. Especially hard hit this week were homes in the southern part of the county near the Wilkinson County line, homes along Ga. 57 and neighborhoods near the Baldwin County line. There are also about 2,500 homes in the Eatonton area and about 1,800 in Baldwin County without electricity. Crews are having to replace dozens of broken poles as well as downed lines. Workers are cutting trees ahead of line crews, he said, and they will be working through the weekend. Power will be restored to a “good chunk” of homes by Monday, but not all, he said.

• Central Georgia EMC: There were about 1,300 homes without power late Friday afternoon and about a dozen Bibb County customers, spokeswoman Christy Chewing said. The utility, which usually has about two dozen workers in the field making repairs, had 210 on Friday -- “the most we’ve ever brought in,” Chewing said. Among the areas with the worst damage were north Monroe County off Ga. 42 and homes between Smarr and Forsyth. With wind gusts, more trees that were weakened in the ice storm may fall, triggering more problems.

• Southern Rivers was reporting 3,600 customers were in the dark as of mid-afternoon Friday, according to an automated message.

Compiled by staff writers Oby Brown and Amy Leigh Womack.

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