For the seventh year in a row, Georgia Power and other electric utilities in Georgia are celebrating and thanking linemen across the state. The daily work done by linemen in Georgia’s communities is always recognized, but their work is especially pronounced during outages following severe weather such as spring and summer thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes and snow and ice storms in the winter.
Throughout Georgia Power's 2019 Thank a Lineman initiative, saying "thank you" is quick and easy by signing the digital card. Additionally, Georgians can celebrate and engage with linemen stories and videos on social media by using and following #ThankALineman and visiting Georgia Power’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
“Whether it is a historic hurricane, a summer storm or a fallen tree that knocks out power, our linemen work as quickly and safely as possible to get the power back on for our 2.6 million customers across Georgia,” said Pedro Cherry, executive vice president of customer service and operations for Georgia Power. “That’s why we are proud to recognize them and show our appreciation not just this month, but every day.”
In 2018, the third-strongest hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. in modern recorded history, Hurricane Michael, crossed through the state, with the hardest hit areas in Southwest Georgia. To complete restoration as quickly and safely as possible, more than 5,800 personnel and crews from Georgia Power, other Southern Company operating companies and assisting utilities worked around the clock to fully restore power to more than 422,000 customers. They replaced approximately 2,000 broken or damaged power poles and nearly 220 miles of wire (4,800 spans) and cleared more than 1,200 fallen trees that caused damage. Georgia residents did not wait for April to say thanks – roadsides, parking lots and social media "lit up" in the days following the storm with signs and letters of thanks for workers' fast responses.