Local utility crews lend assistance to neighbors hit by Winter Storm Uri

Walton Emc Crews are working in Grayson, KY in the aftermath of Winter Storm Uti.
Photo credit: Lineman Brandon Brooks with Walton Emc

Georgia may have largely dodged a bullet when it comes to Winter Storm Uri, but not everybody is able to avoid the after effects. Some crews with our local utility companies and electrical co-ops have headed out to offer assistance to the millions of people left without power in sub zero temperatures.

“We are headed west,” said Mayor John Howard with the City of Monroe. “Our tree crews are headed to Texas. Our electricity utility workers have not yet been requested.”

According to according to poweroutage.us at 7:45a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, there were still more than 4.2 million homes and businesses without electricity.

Greg Brooks with Walton Emc said they have crews at Grayson Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation in Grayson, Ky.

“It’s in the northeast corner of Kentucky, close to West Virginia and Ohio. It’s a smaller co-op with around 15,000 customer-owners. Their outage map still shows almost 11,000 without power. From the photos the guys have sent, it looks like a mountainous area. They left Walton EMC Saturday morning. Crews usually stay about a week and if still needed, we’ll send replacement crews,” Brooks said. “Our guys only work on distribution power lines – the ones that take power from the local substations to homes and businesses.”

Walton Emc Crews are working in Grayson, KY in the aftermath of Winter Storm Uti.
Photo credit: Lineman Brandon Brooks with Walton Emc

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