City of LaGrange and Troup County Government Aid in Storm Damage Relief in Coweta County
The City of LaGrange and the Troup County Government provided assistance Friday to neighboring Coweta County after severe weather resulted in widespread damage to the county.
City of LaGrange utility, electric and fire crews are currently in Newnan and Coweta County assisting with storm recovery. Severe storms caused widespread damage in Newnan and Coweta County overnight.
“The City of LaGrange is always willing to help our neighbors in times of need. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with those affected by the storm and I’m also glad that we could deploy electric crews, tree crews, and fire personnel to assist,” said LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton. “Like LaGrange, Newnan is a MEAG electric city and therefore we have specific resources that will be especially valuable to them in a time like this.”
City of LaGrange sent a line crew made up of five utility employees to assist in power restoration and a tree crew made up of five electric employees to assist in tree removal and storm cleanup.
“Our electric and utility employees are a great representation of our community,” LaGrange Utilities Director Patrick Bowie said. “We will continue to provide mutual aid to help restore service to other utilities whenever there is a major storm event because you never know when our community will be the one asking for help.”
The LaGrange Fire Department sent an engine company with three personnel to assist in running calls following the overnight storm. Fire crews were stationed at the Coweta Fairgrounds ready to assist.
“We are always happy to assist in helping communities in their time of need,” said LFD Chief John Brant. “We’ll be available as long as our crew is needed.”
The City of LaGrange remains committed to assist in helping surrounding communities following major storm events.
The Troup County government also provided assistance to Coweta County on Friday.
At approximately 2:30 a.m. on Friday, March 26, 2021, Troup County Fire Chief John Ekaitis received a call for assistance with tornado damage from Coweta County in Newnan, Georgia.
Troup County dispatched one engine company with three firefighters, the Troup County Mobile Command Post, and one Troup County Fire Department Officer to Coweta County Fairgrounds for the staging area of this operation. The Mobile Command Post is currently in operation and the engine company is clearing trees and debris from roadways. The Troup County Fire Department Officer is assisting as requested by the Staging Area Incident Commander.
“Please keep the citizens of Newnan in your thoughts and prayers in light of last night’s severe weather damage,” said Troup County Fire Chief John Ekaitis. Troup County personnel and apparatus will be assigned to Coweta County in Newnan until released.