Most people think of Duke Energy when it comes to electricity in the mountains. But Haywood EMC also provides power to thousands of homes and residents.
Haywood EMC is still working to restore power to almost 2,000 people in Jackson and Macon counties. It has even called in 16 additional crews from across the state to help.
Haywood EMC officials said Irma compromised a big part of the electrical system.
“We’ve got broke poles, and a lot of the issue is trying to get to them,” Haywood EMC’s Kenneth Thomas said. “And you’ve got trees you’ve got to cut out of the roads so you can get your trucks to your poles, and it just extends the time of the outage.”
Thomas said crews are working around the clock in an effort to restore power to everyone by 5 p.m. Friday. But he said, because of the difficulties the crews face, Haywood EMC cannot guarantee all power will be restored by that time.