Irma Cleanup Continues As Over 3,000 Residents Are Still Without Power
Enterprise Staff Writer
Electrical crews from across the nation are in Coffee County still working feverishly to restore power for residents as the cleanup from the devastating Hurricane Irma continues.
According to Satilla REMC officials, over 3,000 residents were still without power as of Friday morning, September 15, around 8:30 a.m. The restoration efforts will continue until all members are served.
Officials said restoration efforts are “challenging” due to “the extensive amount of trees and debris that are in contact with power lines.”
Crews from Missouri, North Carolina, Illinois, Mississippi and North Georgia are in Coffee County assisting with the restoration.
If you have helpful information regarding a particular outage, please call the Satilla REMC automated outage system to ensure accurate service in restoring your power. If you are unable to contact Satilla by telephone, and you have helpful information where the lives or safety of people are involved, it may be necessary to contact your local 911 center to report the problem.
Avoid fallen power lines and take necessary precautions to protect your perishable foods. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Coffee Satilla REMC Director Scott Day commented, “We know this has been a trying time for our valued customers and we would like to thank them for their patience.”
Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens announced on Thursday, September 14, that he has directed insurance companies to “exercise leniency” in dealing with Hurricane victims.
According to a press release, Hudgens has issued a directive to insurance companies to exercise leniency in dealing with Georgia residents that may experience difficulty paying their premiums due to Hurricane Irma.
“I expect insurance companies to be compassionate and understanding when so many of their policyholders’ lives have been severely disrupted,” Commissioner Hudgens said. “This includes premium payments and nonrenewal notifications.”
Accordingly, Hudgens directs insurers to provide relief to Georgia policyholders, including exercising leniency where premium payments may appear tardy due to the disruption of services as a result of the hurricane. Likewise, insurers that have or will process lawful cancellation or nonrenewal notices during the time in which Georgia is in a State of Emergency are encouraged to ensure that policyholders impacted by legal adverse underwriting decisions have sufficient time to address their insurance needs.
Georgians who need help with late payment issues, or who have questions or problems regarding insurance, can call Hudgens’ Consumer Services Division at 1-800-656-2298. Phones are answered from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.