Georgia Honors Fort Payne, Ala. for Assistance After Hurricane Irma

CAIRO, Ga. – After Hurricane Irma left a swath of communities in Georgia without power, the Alabama city of Fort Payne sent a crew of workers and generators into their neighboring state. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources honored their efforts by presenting them coins at the emergency response training held on Oct. 11 in Cairo, Georgia.

Amy Rammo-Kuhs from the DNR’s Environmental Protection Division presented the coins to Randall Neal, David Rigby and Derick Templeton from Fort Payne Water Works.

“They make themselves available 24-7 to assist utilities in Alabama as well as beyond the state line,” said Kathy Horne, Executive Director of the Alabama Rural Water Association. Fort Payne is a member of ARWA and partners with the association on emergency efforts.

Fort Payne provided assistance to Jekyll Island, which was completely without power following the hurricane.

“They were completely blacked-out,” Rigby explained. “We brought in generators to get their water and wastewater up again.”

The crew also assisted a nursing home in Glennville, Georgia. The nursing home’s generator failed, leaving residents, including some on life support, without power. Fort Payne workers helped repair the generator and restore power to the facility.