Walton, Gwinnett and surrounding counties may not be on the coast, but that has not prevented Hurricane Sally from having an impact on the area. From flooded rivers, downed trees and power outages, to local EMC crews heading out to help other areas impacted, residents in the local area have also felt the wrath of Sally. And sadly, Snellville lost a resident when a tree came down in her neighborhood.
But weather has improved, albeit cooler than prior to the storm, and local clean up is under control. While there was some flooding, trees down and power outages, it was nothing like the coast of Florida and Alabama experienced and some local crews from Walton EMC are heading out to help with power restoration.
“We’re sending crews to Baldwin EMC in Summerdale, AL near Mobile. Baldwin has 100 percent of their meters out,” said Greg Brooks from Walton EMC. He quoted from from the Balwin EMC Facebook page, “Up to 1,600 additional crews are on the way to assist, in addition to the 100 that arrived yesterday. We’re looking at prolonged, extensive outages due to the amount of damage. We don’t want to sugar coat this; we’re in it for the long haul.”
At the moment, Walton EMC still has crews in Jennings, La. rebuilding Jeff Davis Electric Co-op after Hurricane Laura.
“They were hit very hard and it may be weeks before power to everyone is restored,” Brooks said. Those crews from Walton EMC in Louisiana are returning Saturday. Brian Thompson, Monroe’s electric and telecommunications director, said at this time they have not received any requests to send crews to help, but that could change.
“As of now we have not received any request for help from APPA (American Public Power Association) or ECG (Electric Cities of Georgia),” Thompson said. “We do have mutual aid agreements with both and have spent many days restoring power to damaged areas all over the southeast.”