EMEPA reaching out to Georgia, Florida

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Efforts continue Tuesday to help people who have lost power in Florida and Georgia.

EMEPA is sending 21 employees including linemen, servicemen, engineers, and mechanics to its headquarters in Georgia to aid in power restoration efforts following the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

The storm caused significant damage and widespread power outages. EMEPA along with Okefenokee REMC's service members are teaming up to assist the surrounding areas.

"When we had Hurricane Katrina come through, they came to our aid and so any time there's an electric cooperative within our state or our region or anywhere in the nation that needs our help, we are ready to hit the ground and go and help those members," said Julie Boles, EMEPA director of marketing.

The crews are expected to stay in Florida for seven to ten days.