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Wednesday evening the power was still out for more than 22,000 statewide.

Georgia Power still has 2,200 homes and businesses in southwest Georgia without power Wednesday.

Mitchell EMC now has less than a hundred customers out and Water, Gas, and Light customers all had power as of Tuesday night. That means at this hour some homes have been without power for 30 hours.

It's making some very uncomfortable, but power crews are working as hard as they can to restore power by midnight Wednesday.

About three o'clock Wednesday afternoon we saw about a dozen bucket trucks, an outside contractor, come in to help Georgia Power customers get back on line. Customers we found that still didn't have power are getting creative about dealing without. @

Off Tarva Road in Dougherty County, Mitchell EMC crews were still re-stringing power lines.

"They're tired but they're still working," said Evera Moye, Mitchell EMC.

Some worked through the night. Today the provider called for reinforcements from two neighboring EMC's. The problem is, when they reach a fallen line, they move the tree, to find they've got to replace the pole and the impact is minimal.

"When you get one power line up, you get two consumers back on, so it just takes a while," said Moye.

It's a sight many on Clear Lake Road in Baker County are waiting to see. Joyce Spurlock a Georgia Power customer was still without power at noon.

"We're not going to complain, we're out of our comfort zone a little bit, but thank God we do have a house to live in," said Spurlock. With limbs still on the lines, she was creative about getting ready for work, at work.

"I grabbed all my hair doing stuff and all my make up and stuff and just dried my hair down there," said Spurlock. There are new rules at the house.

"No refrigerator opening and no freezer opening, just trying to keep everything closed so we can keep what we do have," said Moye.

It was her mother in law instead of power crews to the rescue.

"She does have a generator we're going to hook up to my home," said Spurlock.

They'll be watching anxiously for crews like those working in Dougherty County to come their way. Power companies reminded us, for those without power, they say items in your freezer and refrigerators are still good for 48 hours if you aren't opening the door.

They hoped to have nearly everyone with power before then. Good weather Wednesday helped crews restore power to many customers.

Georgia Power brought in an additional 500 out-of-state crews to help with their cleanup.

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