Linemen from Carroll Electric Membership Cooperative (EMC) joined crews from seven other Georgia co-ops in Louisiana to restore power to Members of Washington-St. Tammany Electric Cooperative in wake of Hurricane Ida.
Late August, EMCs surrounding the Gulf Coast heeded warnings and braced for damage as the Category 4 storm made landfall on the anniversaries of Hurricane Katrina and Laura. Reaching sustained winds of 150+ MPH, the record storm left behind fallen trees, downed lines, broken poles and other debris that line crews continue to clear. The cooperative, which serves parts of Louisiana and Mississippi, reported nearly 100% of its Members without power in the immediate aftermath and has since estimated three weeks until all service is restored.
“We were really blessed to be spared by this storm,” said Tommy Cook, Vice President of Operations for Carroll EMC. “This is the second year in a row that Louisiana and Mississippi have been devastated, and we are more than willing to be a small part in helping the communities get back on their feet.”
Amid an above average hurricane season, Carroll EMC encourages all of its Members to be prepared for possible storms. Although western Georgia has remained mostly unaffected by recent weather events, the coming months are likely to bring more opportunities. For tips on how to prepare you and your family for power outages or steps on how power is restored, visit carrollemc.com/stormcenter.