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September 9, 2004

Schley County- The Vanzant family was lucky enough to have little storm damage other than a few limbs.

But they've been without power since Monday night.

"We had a lot of wind, a lot of rain, a lot of trees falling down and we've been without since," Vanzant said.

Just a couple of miles down the road, help is on the way, all the way from Alabama. Crews of linemen from Alabama Power has worked on Georgia lines all day trying to restore power to the homes left without it.

There are also crews here from Gulf Power, Mississippi Power and Savannah Electric helping Georgia Power crews.

"We've used candles and bottled water," Vanzant said.

But the people still without power don't complain much.

"I feel sorry for those folks in Florida. They've been out a lot longer."

And they know it's taking a joint effort to get the job done.

Spokeswoman Lolita Browning says about 800 customers are without power around Columbus. Some 1,200 customers in the Macon area also remain without power.

Georgia's electric membership cooperatives also are continuing to restore power to customers.

Georgia Electric Membership Corporation spokeswoman Terri Brown says 7,200 customers are without power-- down from a total of 14,000 customers earlier in the day.

upda ted at 11:00AM by brannon.stewart@walb.com