Milton Fennell was among the lucky ones whose power was restored Wednesday after Monday’s storm brought heavy rain and gusts of winds up to 58 mph to the Augusta area.
Fennell, whose 86-year-old mother has glaucoma and 37-year-old nephew is autistic, reported an outage in his Kissingbower home Monday morning after a tree fell on a power line near their home. Crews began restoring power in neighborhoods near and around the road Wednesday morning.
Although they are scheduled to remove remaining branches from the road by week’s end, Fennell said he wished the cleanup was much sooner.
“I feel better but I hate the fact that I had to ask for assistance outside of Georgia Power,” he said.
Georgia Power reported at 6 p.m.Wednesday afternoon it was down to 278,000 affected customers statewide, with another 161,273 without power from the state’s 41 electric cooperatives. In Richmond County, 2,248 Georgia Power customers were without power along with 2,307 customers in Columbia County.
Heman Patel, who manages Ja-Ho Market at 1770 Kissingbower Road, said the outage caused business to slow for two days following the storm, but found it to be “natural.”
“It’s disappointing a little bit but it’s alright,” he said.
Steve Chalker, director of public relations with Jefferson Energy Cooperative, said additional crews from North Carolina, Kentucky and Arkansas helped with restoring power Monday and Tuesday.
As of 6 p.m. Wednesday , Jefferson , which services 11 counties, reported 564 customers still experiencing outage, including 68 in Columbia County, according to the co-op’s outage map. The co-op appears to have restored power to all Richmond County customers. Aiken Electric Cooperative had restored power to all its customers by Wednesday as well. South Carolina Electric & Gas still had 128 customers without power in Aiken County, as well as 38 in Edgefield County.
Residents of Jefferson County might have to wait until Friday, or well into next week to see power restored.
Chalker said the goal is to have power restored to all customers in the Augusta area by week’s end.