Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 / News 12 First at Five
MARTINEZ, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- "We take it for granted just being there, ya know? Flipping the switch?"
Gary Hirst has been without power for three days now.
“Can’t get on my computer, can’t watch the TV.”
And can’t do basic things like wash his clothes, or cook on his stove.
“It’d be nice to be able to wash clothes without going to the laundromat.”
All because Tropical Storm Irma caused a transformer to explode, leaving him and his neighbors without power and without other options.
"That was about 2:30 Monday afternoon."
Three days after Irma tore through the area, thousands still don’t have power as local agencies work slowly but surely with Georgia Power to safely remove down power lines.
"There were some that were down that we could not do until the power company got there," said Lt. Alan Rollins with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
Georgia Power says they have to follow a multi-step process for safety, which is why it’s taking so long to get people back on the grid.
Before they can even touch the lines, one crew has to assess the damage then another has to cut down the trees. Then, another crew finally rebuilds what’s been broken, a process that can take a long time.
“They told us they’d have it back on by 4 p.m. yesterday, but apparently not,” said Hirst.
Georgia Power says they have about 6000 employees working across the state to get people like Gary back on the grid.
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017
(WRDW/WAGT) -- Thousands across the area are still without power Wednesday, two days after Irma pushed through.
As of 3 p.m.
EMANUEL Less than 5
SCREVEN Less than 5