Local power company gets grant to replace damage from ice storm

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

MILLEN, Ga. (WRDW) -- A local electric company is cashing in on damage done during February's ice storm.

Planters Electric Membership Corporation is receiving a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency totaling $1,970,298 to replace infrastructure damaged by falling trees, snapped power lines and damaged utility poles.

The company serves Bulloch, Burke, Emanuel, Jenkins, Richmond and Screven Counties.

"The ice storm that hit our area in February resulted in almost complete devastation of our power lines. The electric system we built over the last 75 years was almost completely destroyed by a single storm. These funds will help to pay for the expenses of rebuilding our system, and will allow Planters EMC to continue to provide affordable and reliable electricity to our members," said Matt Brinson, General Manager for Planters Electric.

As many as 89 percent of customers were without power during the ice storm.

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