Fight for Power: An Update on Georgia Power’s Efforts

No matter what the weather looks like outside, the people at Georgia Power have a lot of work ahead of them. Spokesperson Tony Gonzalez says that there are around 500,000 houses effected by the snow and ice in all of Georgia (2,300 of which are from the Northeast Georgia area), and that there are still 240,000 of those that need to be tended to. Gonzalez also shared that there is a “small army” of 6,000 personnel, consisting of workers recruited from  Georgia and eight other states, as they work during the day to do the actual repair work, while at night they assess their work and plot out where they’ll need to work for the next day. Gonzalez says that if it weren’t for the low temperatures and high winds at night, they would be able to get more work done.

When asked about the problems that they will face when the snow starts to melt, Gonzalez reported that fallen tree limbs on power lines would still be a concern. The melting snow also means that more people will be getting back on the road, so the potential for accidents can increase. Gonzalez says that keeping people safe is their primary concern.

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