DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Hurricane Michael came tore through parts of the Florida panhandle and the Wiregrass into Georgia doing terrible damage in some areas. Michael also made a huge impact on the power grid for Wiregrass Electric.
The category 5 storm took down several old tall trees in the eastern part of the Wiregrass, which unfortunately resulted in power outages.
According to Wiregrass Electric’s Chief Operating Officer Brad Kimbro, around 19,000 of its 26,000 meters went out, which is about 75 percent of the Coop’s territory.
Kimbro said it took over a week for power to be restored due to tree debris.
“Just having the equipment our guys were there they can cut the trees but some of them were so large the booms couldn’t lift those heavy lifetime trees so we had to get track equipment dozier’s things we don’t have in our inventory or in our fleet.” He said.
Kimbro says experiencing this hurricane made him appreciate the other cooperatives they worked with during that difficult time and they will be ready to hit the ground running if the situation presents itself again.