Power outage in dangerous cold

 

Power crews have been working since an ice storm led to a massive power outage in North East Georgia Monday night.

Record cold has added a dangerous new wrinkle to the lineman's job including the linemen working at the Chattahoochee Landings subdivision.

"We still have the same dangers it's just harder to work with the material. You gotta have rubber gloves on you can't have cotton, the poor man up there it's just cold conditions for him," said Robin Burk, a Georgia Power lineman from Rome.

Crews with Georgia Power, Jackson EMC and others are getting help from utility workers from neighboring states.

The majority of customers have had their power returned but that's not much comfort for Flowery Branch homeowner Andi Haynes who sought refuge in her car.

"I just came out here in the car and charge my phone and we're fine. We'll be fine." said Haynes.

Her family probably wasn't as comfortable as the Caldwell family who hooked up an industrial size generator to provide power and heat at their all electric home on Lake Lanier in Gainesville.

"What families are struggling with is what all of us are struggling with, is being cold. So we're blessed today to actually gets generator here so we can have power tonight," said Michael Calwell.

The Garlands, who live about a block away, decided enough was enough after burning all their firewood.

"I have a sleeping bag and clothes in case we cannot find a motel room we are going to go calm out at our business in our office. I'm tired of being cold. It's time to go find someplace that's warm," said Pam Garland.

The Garlands said they were leaving because they were told electricity would be turned on after midnight.

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