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Thousands still without power in Mitchell County

Thousands still without power in Mitchell County
Thousands still without power in Mitchell County
Posted at 5:00 PM, Oct 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-16 17:00:00-04

MITCHELL COUNTY, Ga. (WALB) - There are still around 5,000 people in Mitchell County without power.

Mitchell EMC wants the community to know that they are doing everything they can to get power flowing again. 

"There is so many trees down on power lines that we got to get the trees removed before we can get the power lines back up, and then we got to work towards substations out, to get the power restored," said Mitchell EMC. "It's an effort that takes time."  

Mitchell EMC said they know that not having power is frustrating, but wants the community to know that they are doing all they can. 

"We are working as hard as we can. We are working 16 to 18 hours a day, trying our best to get everybody's lights on, it just takes time," said Mitchell EMC. "Patience is a word I would use, but I am not certain it's one that can be well received at this point."  

Mitchell EMC said all the linemen will not stop working until everybody has power again. 

"These guys are working without power, and in a lot of the cases some of the employees have not had the time to even evaluate the situations at their own homes," said Mitchell EMC. "Some of them lost their entire home but yet they are working to restore power. Those are the stories we need to make sure people understand as well."  

Mitchell EMC wants to remind people that Mitchell County is a rural county, and getting to places is taking much more time then expected.