Crews restore power to some southeastern Ga. residents, thousands left to go

East coast cleaning up and assessing damage

Matthew, now a tropical storm, has long left the Georgia coast, but thousands of residents in the southeastern part of the state remain without power.

Georgia Power has multiple crews -- nearly 5,000 personnel members from Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas -- working to restore power following Hurricane Matthew. Crews had to navigate extensive damage, including flooding and roads blocked by downed trees. 

Damage assessment teams were the first to re-enter evacuated areas so they could relay information to dispatch restoration teams.

Georgia power had been restored to more than 110,000 customers following the Hurricane. As of 8 a.m. Sunday, there are more than 203,000 customers without power, and crews are working safely to restore service.

Crews worked through the night into Sunday morning, and Georgia Power said they will continue to work deeper into hard-hit areas. The company said restoration for all customers could take days, especially in remote coastal areas.

The following customers continue to be affected by the outage:

  • Savannah area: 117,000
  • Brunswick  area:  40,000
  • Springfield. area: 26,000
  • Statesboro area: 12,500
  • Hinesville  area: 10,000

Earlier Saturday morning, several Georgia Power trucks and crews left from their northwest Atlanta location to head for the coast. 11Alive's Erin Calandra was there when they got on the road.

 

 

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