Lights out: Frustration builds over power outages

By: Justin Fabiano Email
By: Justin Fabiano Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Thursday, June 16, 2011

AUGUSTA / HEPHZIBAH, Ga. --- Crews are still working to get the power back on for a lot of people Thursday. Georgia Power has about 20 thousand people left to go, and Jefferson Energy has about 1,000 people to go. Those numbers are causing some people to get frustrated.

"People need power. They need to get out here and help us out."

That was Daniel Jasper's message to power companies. He lives in Augusta, and he's been without power since last night.

"Probably about 9:30 we heard the tree go down," Jasper explained. "We thought it was thunder, came out here, and had this whole tree out here and ever since then we haven't had power."

Jasper isn't the only one hot and bothered by not having power. Kendall Thomas spend his morning checking out the damage in front of his downtown Augusta house.

"Man I'm very mad. I could have been watching TV now instead of this," he said.

It doesn't look much different in Hephzibah. Trees and power lines are down everywhere, but while Jefferson Energy workers say their customers have actually been pretty understanding while they're trying to restore power.

"We just thank them for their support really," John Durden said. He's the line supervisor for Jefferson Energy. "Bottom line: it just makes us feel good when somebody comes out and says thank you."

Durden says people have been supportive even though he can't tell them when their lights will be back on.

"Every situation differs so much," he said. "Unfortunately you never know what you're going to get from one line to the next."

Workers will keep going from line to line until everyone gets what they want, but they want you to know it's not as easy as flipping a switch.

"Just continue to be patient and understand that we're going to get to it as fast as possible," Durden said.

Patient is what a lot of people will have to be. Georgia Power estimates electricity in our area won't be fully restored until late Friday night.

With that kind of possible wait time, it's hard for people like Kendall to be patient.

"Turn on the power," he said. "And leave it on."


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