Georgia Power crews worked all night and day Wednesday restoring power to homes and businesses in Gwinnett County after six power towers crashed to the ground overnight.
The first steel transmission tower to fall was on a hill along Singleton Road approaching Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Norcross. It dragged down another massive steel tower and then four wood power poles, snapping lines along the way.
The crews were able to get the wood poles and lines back up by noon Wednesday. But, the two huge steel poles that started the domino effect take a lot more time and effort.
"It takes a good bit of manpower, the transmission infrastructure is very important for our overall system," explained Georgia Power spokesman, Brian Green. "So, it is a critical component. It was a pretty significant event."
Green said Georgia Power recently did its routine maintenance and inspection of the poles in the area. So, it's unclear what caused them to topple. The company is looking into it.
Crews will likely continue to work through the night and into Thursday until everything is back to normal and cleaned up, Green said.
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