Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:50 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:50:57 GMT
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life. Now the family of Barbara Bass is speakingMore >>
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life.More >>
Superstorm Sandy caused a lot of problems in the Northeast, and one of the biggest was the loss of power.
Until it's gone, people don't realize how much they depend on the tangles of wires over their heads. For the people who were on the scene, the destruction was unbelievable.
Jay Smith, an Area manager for Georgia Power said, "the areas right along the coast were the greatest impacted."
It became clear very quickly, that Sandy was not just an ordinary storm.
With power out to tens of thousands of people in the Northeast, local utilities were overwhelmed.
So they had to turn for help to restore the electricity, help that came from utilities like Georgia Power.
Like most utilities, Georgia Power has a plan to respond to these types of disasters, formulated before a storm hits.
Smith was part of the Georgia Power response. He said, "the week before that, we were watching the weather and putting together storm teams, our corporate office in Atlanta."
By the 29th, Georgia Power crews were on their way to the northeast. Smith's group left a few days later and eventually wound up in several different places.
"We worked in Maryland, New York and New Jersey," he said.
And they had plenty of company.
Smith said, "we saw utilities from California in New York. So people were brought in from everywhere."
But even the best laid plans can run into difficulty, and the crews did have some issues. Some of these were man-made.
Smith said, "because of the tight space up there with the trees and all that I'm talking about, they use a more compact construction."
Then there was another obstacle. Only a few days after Sandy, a snow storm dumped a foot of heavy, wet snow in some places hampering the recovery effort.
One thing that didn't hamper their efforts were the victims of the storm. The people in the affected area were grateful for the help.
"They're very happy to see anybody come and help them," said Smith.
While the Northeast still has a long way to go to recover from Sandy, the hundreds of line workers from around the nation who flocked to the scene of the disaster will help turn the power grid back on.
A small step to getting people's live back to normal.
Other Georgia utilities also responded to Sandy, including several South Georgia electric cooperatives. Go to another part of this site to see a slide show of pictures that Albany Water, Gas and Light worker Jimmy Norman took in Ocean Port, New Jersey.