July 19, 2018

Heard County residents asked to conserve water after major power outage

The normally very busy Piggly Wiggly parking lot was empty early Tuesday afternoon during the unforeseen power outage. The store re-opened Tueday afternoon soon after the outage was resolved.

The normally very busy Piggly Wiggly parking lot was empty early Tuesday afternoon during the unforeseen power outage. The store re-opened Tuesday afternoon soon after the outage was resolved.

(Franklin, GA) — Around 700 Georgia Power customers were without power for most of the day Tuesday after a system problem at the main Franklin substation.

The major outage lasted from 9:37 AM Tuesday morning until about 4:30 PM Tuesday afternoon.

The Heard County Water Authority is still asking that customers please try to conserve water until at least Wednesday morning due to the loss of power at the main water plant.

According to Heard County Fire Chief Steve Wirth, Georgia Power crews worked as fast as possible to repair the issue and restore the power.

The vast majority of the outages were in the city of Franklin with almost every business closing down for most of the day.

The Piggly Wiggly, the town’s only  grocery store, was closed for much of the day but re-opened this afternoon soon after power was restored.

Heard County’s only red light was also not functional during the outage and motorists were asked to treat the intersection as a four-way stop.

The Franklin Police Department and Heard County Fire and Emergency service workers spent much of the day checking in on the patients at the nursing home as well attending to the needs of other elderly Franklin residents.

The scheduled monthly meeting of the Heard County Board of Commissioners is expected to take place at 6:30 PM at the courthouse.

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