Service restored to 57,000

GreyStone’s linemen, along with numerous contractors and crews from our sister co-ops from within Georgia and as far away as Kentucky and Florida, restored power to 57,000 members after Tropical Storm Zeta caused nearly half our members to lose service. Because so many other utilities all across the south were also facing large outages, it was more challenging in the aftermath of Zeta to garner additional crews. We received additional help with each passing day as crews were released from other less-impacted utilities. Many of our linemen and other employees went to work on Thursday morning with no power at their own homes, and crews worked around the clock to restore service as quickly and safely as possible. The widespread damage from Zeta’s 70 mph wind gusts included almost 90 broken poles and too many to count downed power lines, plus hundreds of trees down, and thousands of limbs scattered on power lines throughout our eight-county service territory. Many trees had to be cut up and removed before beginning restoration. With damages that widespread and so many small, yet time-consuming outages, it was impossible to determine outage restoration times. Assessments and projected outcomes were changing constantly. We understand how vital electricity is to our members, and we truly appreciate the patience from those who were impacted and the support we received as we worked through one of the worst storms in our co-op’s history.

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