Historic ice storm hits Coweta-Fayette EMC service area
Palmetto, Ga. Feb. 12, 2014 — Coweta-Fayette EMC line crews are working around the clock to restore power to around 12,000 cooperative members in Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Fulton, Heard, Meriwether, Spalding and Troup Counties affected by freezing rain, ice and winds from the winter storm.
According to cooperative officials, linemen responded to the first outages before daybreak Wednesday morning. While crews outside worked diligently to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible, many other employees worked indoors, answering phones and responding to member inquiries and concerns.
“We anticipated a significant weather event, and Mother Nature certainly delivered,” said EMC CEO Anthony “Tony” Sinclair. “We want to thank all of our members for their exceptional patience and understanding during this storm and the resulting outages. We have the best linemen in the business, and they are working non-stop to get power restored.”
Coweta-Fayette utilized a variety of contingency plans to address problems associated with this significant weather event, from mobilizing employees and contract crews to preparing trucks with emergency equipment.
For additional support, three two-man lineman crews and four four-man right-of-way crews from around the state, as well as three five-man lineman crews from Indiana, were called in to assist.
Consumers should contact Coweta-Fayette at 770-502-0226 to report power outages. Up-to-date outage information and storm tips may be obtained through the EMC's Facebook and Twitter pages or on the website Storm Center at www.utility.org.
Coweta-Fayette EMC is consumer-owned cooperative providing electricity and related services to over 74,000 member accounts in Coweta, Fayette, Heard, South Fulton, Clayton, Spalding, Troup and Meriwether Counties.