Snowstorm worst weather for GreyStone Power since Opal in '95

Special Photo/Dean Petty

GreyStone linemen work to restore power after last weekend's historic snowstorm.

While Douglas County and surrounding counties have had plenty of storms over the years involving everything from ice and snow to a hurricane and a historic flood, it’s been been more than two decades since a storm wreaked so much havoc on the local power grid.

Last weekend’s historic snowstorm that dumped 10 inches of snow on Douglas County had the largest impact on GreyStone Power since Hurricane Opal in 1995. Opal was classified as a Category 4 hurricane with winds as high as 150 miles per hour. The storm left hundreds of thousands of homes in metro Atlanta without power.

There were about 9,000 homes without power in the county on Saturday night, according to County Emergency Management Agency Director Jason Milhollin.

GreyStone Power Multimedia Specialist Adam Elrod said snow and ice caused many tree limbs to snap, causing polls to break and lines to go down.

“It takes a long time to restore those types of damages,” Elrod said.

In the span of 24 hours between Monday and Tuesday evening, the number of GreyStone Power members without power decreased from 372 to 41. GreyStone’s sister EMCs Walton EMC, Central Georgia EMC, Snapping Shoals EMC, Jefferson Energy, Talquin EMC, Planters EMC, Diverse Power, Canoochee EMC, Coastal EMC, Rayle EMC and Sumter EMC assisted in the restoration efforts.

GreyStone covers homes and businesses in Bartow, Carroll, Cobb, Coweta Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, and Paulding County.

Elrod said GreyStone is thankful for its customers’ patience. Paulding and Douglas County members were the hardest hit, Elrod said.

At the height of the storm, Elrod said GreyStone had 40,000 members across the counties it serves without power.

“We’ve been working as quickly as we possibly can,” Elrod said. “We’ve had staff working 24 hours a day to restore power. So, we definitely want to thank members for their patience.”

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