Storm damages power lines, downs trees, leaves thousands without power

Thousands remained without power Tuesday morning from damages sustained from Hurricane Irma.


A snapped power line, and several other power poles damaged by felled trees left residents around the Keg Point Drive area in Columbia County without power since 8 a.m. Monday morning, according to resident Jeremy Graham.

Graham, who lives two houses down from the area of Keg Pointe Drive that has been closed to thru traffic, said he has not received an update from Georgia Power as of Tuesday afternoon.

“I used the text feautre that they have. You can just text “out” to Georgia Power and they tell you to respond with a “Y” for yes to confirm the power is out. I haven’t heard anything else,” Graham said. “Every few hours I would text it and it would say message send failure. I tried to call it’s just been busy.”

And the power outages are likely to continue as Georgia Power reported some 1 million people were affected Statewide by the storm.

According to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, some 8,000 people in Columbia County were without power Tuesday morning.

“Good morning. We have an estimated 8,000 citizens within the county without power. We also have several road closures. Roads and Bridges and GA Power are working hard to restore power and clear roadways,” the post stated.

A news release from Georgia Power stated that number had decreased to 680,000 statewide.

And for Jefferson Energy Cooperative customers, the outages continued as well.

Melissa Carter, a resident on Tom Bartles Road in Appling, said she was glad the storm had passed, but that they were told it could take anywhere from two to three days to have their power restored.

“Jeferson energy said two to three days, that they are working on substations first, then main power lines, then individual resiences so it could be two to three days,” Carter said.

Some 12,000 residents had power restored within the past 24 hours, according to JEC spokesman Steve Chalkey.

“The substations feed the main lines that you see mainly on the side of the road, so we get those back up first,” Chalkley said. “Because if we go and someone has an individual outage and we go restore that, obviously if the main line out on the road isn’t energized, then it’s not going to do you any good for us to restore that service. So when we restore those main lines, it gets the most people on at one time that we can.”

Driving through the Keg Creek Drive neighborhood, generators can be heard throughout the neighborhood.

“There are a lot of people tucked back here even though it doesn’t look like it, but there are a lot of people out here at the lake that are still without,” Graham said. “If you drive around the neighborhood you will hear a lot of generators running.”

Stores along Washington Road were also without power Tuesday morning including Pair of Jacks gas station and Pollard’s Corner, among others.