The Gillionville Road sector of the electrical grid could be back on line in 1-3 days. The Turner City-Cromartie Beach area is looking at 3-7 days. The hospital and Malone Towers area may take another 2-3 days to be restored. The Willie Pitts Road area will take 3-5 days.
Lake Park, one of the hardest hit areas, could be 14 days receiving electricity.
Assistant Manager Phil Roberson said that century-old pine trees in this area have caused a huge problem. He said they were blown down, taking dozens of power lies with them. He said the electrical infrastructure is in very bad shape from this neighborhood all the way to Lockett Station Road.
Crews were just able to get into Merry Acres, and this area will be a heavy lift to get restored.
If the meter and weather head of the residential power connection is missing or damaged, private electricians must be hired to repair or replace them before the city will try to re-connect those structures to the grid.
Over 100 linemen have arrived from 17 of 21 other cities to assist Albany Water Gas and Light in the re-stringing of power lines, but again, down trees are a big issue that is slowing down this process. Much of the electrical structure will just have to be rebuilt.
Cold weather and more rain expected this weekend will make things worse. The Red Cross has opened a shelter in Albany. Officials said it should be open until Monday and they will re-assess the need for shelters at that point. The city of Albany and the Red Cross has also opened the Albany Civic Center as a second shelter and transit will be provided to both shelters.
The school board is working to decide if it will close schools on a district wide basis or on an individual level.
Roberson said citizens can help by ensuring the storm drain in their areas are not blocked by debris, so the coming rain can flow, and does not back up on streets.
Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for Dougherty, Mitchell, Baker and Calhoun counties on Thursday. City leaders said that receiving the state declaration means the county could also get the federal declaration.
Sharon Subadan said to use common sense, and not to go cutting cable and wires, after a resident cut a Mediacom fiber optic cable yesterday, killing internet service for hundreds of people who are relying on this to stay informed.
If you are trying to connect a generator, make sure there is an inverter on the generator before connecting to your power supply. If you do this wrong, you could electrocute a line worker who is trying to restore your power.
Albany Police Chief Michael Persley said that residents who are still without power should call the police if they see someone or something suspicious near their home. He said that patrol units will be out monitoring entire blocks, but not individual homes, so residents need to let them know if they see something. He also said that he has put in a request for other agencies to come and assist with patrols in the impacted areas.
The Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul said to make sure that any person you pay to do work on your damaged property is a licensed contractor. He warns that people will try to scam affected residents by offering to help, and once the resident pays them, they don't finish the work. Below is a list of things to check for to prevent a contractor scam: