Now that all of the problems in North Georgia from the remnants of Hurricane Sally are in the rear view mirror, a group of lineman from Jackson EMC is helping with power restoration efforts in Alabama.
The co-op announced Friday afternoon that 11 Jackson EMC employees are assisting Baldwin EMC in Summerdale, AL where heavy rain and strong winds from Hurricane Sally resulted in widespread power outages. As of Thursday at 4 p.m., Baldwin EMC reported approximately 77,000 members experiencing power outages.
The remnants of Sally storm also affected some Jackson EMC members Wednesday night into Thursday morning, but there were no massive power outages, according to tracking of the outage map during the storm.
A principle of co-ops is cooperation among cooperatives, according to a statement from Jackson EMC. Keeping with that principle, when asked, Jackson EMC provides fellow co-ops assistance with power restoration efforts following major outages. Jackson EMC linemen will work alongside Baldwin EMC line crews to safely restore power to the co-op’s members.
Jackson Electric Membership Corporation, the largest electric cooperative in Georgia and one of the largest in the nation, is headquartered in Jefferson. The cooperative serves more than 238,000 meters on 14,370 miles of energized wire.