Jackson EMC Crews Head to South Georgia to Assist with Hurricane Idalia Restoration Efforts
Jackson EMC is assisting with power restoration efforts at Colquitt EMC in Moultrie where heavy rain and strong winds from Hurricane Idalia resulted in widespread power outages. As of 10 a.m. today, more than 45,000 members remain without power in that area.
Forty Jackson EMC crew members left in the early morning hours Thursday, taking several trucks and equipment to join line workers from across the state working alongside Colquitt EMC line crews to safely restore power to service areas. Jackson EMC has also released construction and right-of-way contract crews to assist with restoration efforts resulting from Hurricane Idalia. Jackson EMC linemen and other support personnel stand ready to respond to our members if needed.
Cooperation among cooperatives is one of the principles all co-ops share. Jackson EMC provides fellow co-ops assistance with power restoration efforts following major outages.
“Cooperatives work to help each other. We have been fortunate to have crews come in to assist us twice in the last year – during the frigid weather leading up to Christmas Eve and during major thunderstorms back in July. We also sent crews to Lee County Electric in Florida during Hurricane Ian last fall and most recently to Excelsior EMC in Metter and GreyStone Power in Hiram. That’s cooperation among cooperatives and it’s just what we do,” said Tommy Parker, vice president of operations.
Jackson Electric Membership Corporation, the largest electric cooperative in Georgia and one of the largest in the nation, is headquartered 50 miles northeast of Atlanta in Jefferson, Ga. The cooperative serves more than 257,000 meters on 14,900 miles of energized wire. For more information, visit jacksonemc.com.