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Walton EMC Helps Battle Winter Storm Benji

It wasn’t officially winter, but Winter Storm Benji packed quite a punch for areas west of Atlanta on Friday, Dec. 5.

Included was the service territory of GreyStone Power, an EMC headquartered in Douglasville.

Half of Greystone’s customer-owners were without power at the height of the storm. The damage was second only to Hurricane Opal in 1995.

That’s when the cooperative principle “cooperation among cooperatives” came to life. GreyStone sent a request for Walton EMC crews to assist with extreme damage from the unexpected snow wallop.

“The snow was heavy and wet,” said Walton EMC Line Crew Supervisor Kevin Tanner. “I saw 13 inches in some places."

The weight easily brought down trees, limbs, power poles and wires. A single pole can take up to four hours or more to replace. All of GreyStone’s customers were restored by midnight the following Tuesday.

Walton EMC line crew sent to help GrayStone Power.
After a surprise snowstorm, Walton EMC sent crews to assist GreyStone Power with their restoration efforts. Shown are, first row from left, Jacob Brooks, Blaine Ogle, Jared Smith, James Daniel, Kevin Tanner, Greg Pannell, Ryan West and Mike Beck. Second row, Jacob McNary, John Spence, Jonathan Brooks, Bradley McCallister and Preston Roberts.