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Power restored at Southwest Atlanta senior living facility

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#UPDATE: Big Bethel Village in Southwest Atlanta has had power restored to the facility. 

As now-downgraded Tropical Depression Irma continues to move through Georgia, CBS46 found that a senior center in Atlanta has gone without power and employees.

Crews are extremely behind all over metro Atlanta with regard to power outages, trying to catch up with the downed trees and wires. As of Monday night, Georgia Power had over 900,000 customers without power, while EMC Cooperatives had over 500,000 customers without power. Each customer represents an entire household, so we're looking at between 2-3 million people in the dark.

According to Georgia Power, the areas most affected include Savannah, Macon, Brunswick and much of metro Atlanta. 

(Damage photos across metro Atlanta)

Statewide, that's 20 percent of people without power, while DeKalb County alone had 50% of people affected. 

CBS46 was at the Big Bethel Village in southwest Atlanta, one of many senior centers without power for much of Monday, and we're learning there's no back-up generator here, and none of the employees went to work Monday. More than 100 people in the center have nowhere to go and the facility has no backup generator.

(Latest power outage numbers from Georgia Power)

CBS46 has learned that power is still out to the facility, as of 6 a.m. Tuesday morning and the gates to the center are wide open. Most of the employees didn't show up for work on Monday, leaving many of the residents helpless and to make matters worse, the security guard also called in sick. Many of the residents also went without eating because the person who makes the meals was also a no-show on Monday.

A spokesperson with the senior center gave CBS46 the following statement Tuesday:

"Big Bethel Village is an independent living senior community, not an assisted living community. We are fortunate that it’s the only one of our eight communities in metro Atlanta that is without power. Our staff went door to door to speak with the residents before leaving.  We have a courtesy police officer who lives in the building, and he has been very proactive all night making rounds. The reason the gate was open is because we had no power, and people needed to be able to get out. The staff provided breakfast, lunch, and dinner to the residents."

- Sojourner Marable Grimmett, Director of External Affairs, Atlanta Region, National Church Residences

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