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Power crews earn their paychecks

January 24, 2003

Albany -- In the bitter cold Friday morning, dozens of power company linemen and technicians went to work to restore power and heat to their customers.

It's 30 degrees, and their every breath comes out in thick clouds. Mitchell EMC linemen Melvin Hunt and Randy Summerford are in lifts on bucket trucks, replacing a blown transformer on Holly Drive.

Hunt and Summerford have to take their heavy coats off to put their safety harness on. On the coldest day of the year they are high in the wind restoring power to their customers.

Ground technician Jason Mercer said "We've had some guys who have been out since early this morning. They have been on the go, back and forth. We had this one go out, so we're just trying to get them up, trying to keep them warm."

Like many South Georgians who had to brave the bitter cold today for their jobs, these Mitchell EMC. crews keep going in tough conditions. Mercer said "Well, the good thing is it's not wet. It's not raining. That's the only good thing. We're cold, we try to stay warm. We bundle up of course, as you can see."

In about 45 minutes, they got the transformer back on line, and move on their next call. Facing weather's worst to keep people's heaters working.

All 25-Mitchell EMC technicians and linemen in the Albany area were repairing power outages Friday morning.

posted at 6:24 by jimw@walb.com