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South Central Power sends linemen to Georgia to help restore power following Irma

September 14, 2017

Crews ready in AtlantaSouth Central Power has sent 12 linemen and one field operations manager to Georgia to assist in power restoration efforts resulting from Hurricane Irma.

South Central Power’s linemen are among the 69 linemen from Ohio electric co-ops who will be helping restore power in the service territories of Georgia co-ops Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) and Jackson EMC. As of Thursday morning, Tri-County EMC had 7,100 of their 21,000 members still without power, while Jackson EMC had 8,500 of their 220,000 members without power.

“One of our guiding principles is what we call cooperation among cooperatives, and co-ops coming to each other’s aid in times of need is nothing new,” said Rick Lemonds, President & CEO of South Central Power. “When we heard that our co-op friends in Georgia needed our help, we didn’t hesitate to answer the call.  I can only imagine the devastating impact that Hurricane Irma has had on the folks in Georgia. We wish them God’s speed and want them to know help is there.”

Mutual aid efforts are being coordinated by Columbus-based Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives, the statewide trade association for Ohio’s 25 electric co-ops.