Georgia Power workers have been busy in the past two days due to many power outages scattered across the Athens area. They call it a “storm scenario.”
More than two-thousand people lost their power around Athens, not all at the same time, because of the icy cold temperatures.
Georgia Power Representative, Christy Terrell, says “with this type of storm with extreme temperatures it takes a toll with some of the transformers.” She continues to say that replacing those transformers takes several hours to do.
Many of those Athens residents needed their transformers replaced. Magnolia Blossom was one of the many streets that experienced a power outage last night. Two people say Georgia Power was here this morning to replace transformers. Their power has been restored.
The manager of Georgia Power’s line crew, Rick Boswell, says they called for assistance from Atlanta to help with repairs. All of their first response crews were out Tuesday morning. He says they were prepared for the cold temperatures, thanks to their own storm center. This type of problem also happens in the extreme summer heat, according to Boswell. The demand for electricity is high and it puts stress on the transformers. His district covers Oconee, Madison, Athens-Clarke, and Oglethorpe counties. The time is takes to repair the problems depends on the problem and location, says Boswell.
Terrell encourages customers to be efficient by keeping heat at 68 degrees. Raising it could also raise your bill three to five percent. But she believes temperatures are out of the danger zone for now. She adds that these are the cold temperatures she has seen in a very long time.