Help From Baldwin County Headed to Georgia Ice Storm

Help From Baldwin County Headed to Georgia Ice Storm

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For a second day Baldwin EMC crews are packing up and heading to the ice storm in Georgia.

It will be Chase Waddle's first trip out of state. "I'm excited to go help these people that are without lights, in this cold and ice on the ground, real excited to go help."

Word came Wednesday morning that more crews were needed. Baldwin EMC sent a dozen workers Tuesday.

"If we needed help here they would be more than happy to come here and help us." Veteran lineman Erik Aplin has been on several of these trips and knows what to expect. "You really won't see the property damage like you will in a hurricane or tornado but as far as utilities it will be extensive."

When preparations are done they will probably have enough good to last a couple or three days but they will probably be there much longer.

"Just tell them to hold on, Baldwin EMC is on the way," says Waddle.

Professionally all the crews are happy to go where they are needed but personally it can be tough.

"It's always good to go and help people when they need help." says Aplin. "It is a little tough leaving your family at home and my little boy has got a birthday tomorrow. I think he'll be a little bit disappointed but he understands my work."

A total of 36 workers from Baldwin EMC are now in or headed to three counties southwest of Atlanta. More crews are on standby and ready to respond.

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