Ice causes Wednesday morning outages

COVINGTON — Power companies began receiving numerous reports of outages Wednesday morning as the sleet and ice moved through Rockdale and Newton counties.

Walton EMC saw about 1,800 outages in northern Rockdale County around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday which was less than the 3,500 outages reported in the early morning hours, according to company representative Greg Brooks.

“We expect the power outage numbers to be like a roller coaster,” Brooks said. “We’ve put our storm plan in action and had crews come in from south Georgia before the storm even hit. A crew from Missouri is also on the way. As power goes down, we’ll work to get it restored.”

Snapping Shoals public relations specialist Leigh Anne Burgess said as of Wednesday morning there were no widespread outages throughout the two counties. Georgia Power, which serves about 10,000 in Rockdale County, reported about 60 homes without electricity, according to company representative Brian Green.

“We plan to see those numbers increase as the storm worsens,” Green said. “We staged a number of crews throughout the state. We’re watching where the ice storm is moving and where it hits in order to dispatch crews in those areas to restore any outages.”

Out of the 2,500 homes Georgia Power serves in Newton, less than six outages were reported as of Wednesday morning. Michael Knight, a representative from the city of Covington Electric Department said crews had responded a “few spread out” power outages due to fallen limbs.