Cornelia, Demorest water pump stations back online


Water pump stations in Cornelia and Demorest are back up and running. The pumps went down when the electricity went out and customers on those two water systems were asked to conserve water. Cornelia’s pump stations and water plant were back online Wednesday morning, according to Downtown Community Development Manager Jessi Owensby. Demorest City Manager Kristi Shead says power was fully restored to all of Demorest’s pump stations by early afternoon Wednesday.

Shead says some customers in Mt. Airy lost water before power was restored but no other outages were reported.  As a precaution, Demorest has issued a Boil Water Advisory for anyone who experienced low water pressure or an outage.

No other water systems in the county reported problems as a result of Tropical Storm Irma.

Clarkesville’s water plant is operating off of a generator. City manager Barbara Kesler says “we are still in good shape.” She adds, “Until the power comes back on it would be beneficial for customers to use water for necessities only.” Kesler says there’s a tree down on Sherwood leading to the plant that is tangled in a power line. “We are working around that until Georgia Power can address the power issues.”

Power is being restored across the county. Both Demorest and Cornelia city offices are now fully operational. Shead says if you’re a Demorest water customer and are currently experiencing an outage, call 706-778-4202 to report it.

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