October 20, 2014

Line crews working to restore power to area residents

(Franklin) — Despite the fact that Heard County fared much better than originally expected during Winter Storm Pax, many local residents are without power Thursday morning due to falling trees and limbs in the West Georgia area.

The hardest hit area locally is in eastern Heard County where 700 Coweta -Fayette EMC customers are in the dark today.

Carroll EMC is reporting 217 meters affected this morning county-wide.

Coweta and Carroll County are also reporting heavy outages this morning with Troup County largely unaffected.

Line crews are working feverishly around the clock statewide to restore power to hundreds of thousands of Georgians.

Carroll EMC issued the following statement on their facebook page this morning:

We may not be able to control ‘mother nature,’ but we’ll continue to clean up her mess! There are frozen trees falling all across the six counties we serve and the 5,126 miles of line that we maintain. The number of outages will continue to fluctuate as we repair the damage. We’ve also brought in additional crews from Evergreen to help clear the right-of-way so that our linemen can continue to work on power instead of trees. There is a strong possibility for continued damage until temperatures begin to thaw the ice. Please be prepared, make arrangements and stay safe!”

Most reports are that the main roads are in pretty good condition county wide, however, many side roads are reported to still be icy and dangerous. Motorists are advised to continue to use extreme caution if traveling today.

Highs are expected to be in the mid 40’s today under partly cloudy skies with no precipitation. Weather reports look very promising over the next 10 days as temperatures are expected to climb up into the mid 70’s by the end of next week.

The Region 5-AA basketball games have been tentatively rescheduled for Friday at HHS if school indeed gets back in session tomorrow.

Stay tuned to HeardCitizen.com and The Heard Citizen facebook page for updates on school closings and power outages. (Feature image courtesy of Carroll EMC)

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