Cobb EMC sends crews to aid with Hurricane Irma aftermath

Cobb EMC sends crews to aid with Hurricane Irma aftermath

Cobb EMC announced that the Marietta, Ga.-based electric cooperative has dispatched crews to middle Georgia to aid with power restoration efforts following Hurricane Irma. In total, 36 employees including line crews, superintendents, mechanics, as well as safety and training personnel, departed before dawn for Irwin EMC, which is located north of Tifton, Ga.

“Our crews did an incredible job of quickly restoring power to all of our members following the storm,” said Chip Nelson, President and CEO of Cobb EMC. “Now it’s time to turn our attention to our neighbors in need. Utilities across our state are struggling with finding resources to help safely restore power to their members. We’re proud to help where we can.”

Cobb EMC’s crews packed trucks with tools and equipment, which are in scarce supply in areas hardest hit by the storm. Once they arrive, they will help Irwin EMC survey and repair damage throughout their service area.  

Cobb EMC’s five-county service area weathered the storm well compared to other areas across the state and metro Atlanta, peaking at only 2,000 outages at the storm’s worst. This is in part due to the cooperative’s multi-year focus on trimming branches and trees in the right of way that hang over or near power lines and could fall during high winds.

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Cobb Electric Membership Corporation, a not-for-profit electric cooperative, safely delivers reliable electricity to more than 180,000 residential and commercial members in Cobb, Bartow, Cherokee, Fulton, and Paulding counties. Cobb EMC’s distribution system consists of more than 9,000 miles of line over 432 square miles. With more than 200,000 meters served, Cobb EMC is one of the largest of Georgia's 41 EMCs and among the largest of the nation's 900 EMCs. For more information, visit www.cobbemc.com, or follow Cobb EMC on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Pinterest.

 

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