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Towne Park businesses battle mid-day power outage
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Georgia Power crews try to figure out why some Rincon businesses were without power Monday. - photo by Photo by Ralna Pearson

Businesses in Towne Park were faced with how to conduct business with no power on Monday morning.

At around 10:30 a.m. the complex experienced a power outage. Lolita Jackson, a Georgia Power spokeswoman, explained that a blown fuse and problems with an underground wire were to blame.

At around noon employees of the power company were on the scene to investigate the problem.

While some businesses closed altogether, some remained open despite the inconvenience.

Dr. George W. Brelsford and Jeff Hupman of Edward Jones each closed their offices. Hupman had a sign posted in his door window noting that the office would reopen at 8:30 a.m. today.

Clients sat patiently in the dark at West Rehab Services. Working the front desk, Judy Papalia seemed to take the inconvenience in stride.

“At least we can see our patients,” she noted. And as of around noon, none of them had mutinied.

“They’re pretty good,” she said with a laugh.

Papalia had no idea when their power would be restored.

“No one’s been around,” she said of the electricians working outside.

The Orthopedic Center, P.C. was open, as well. However, receptionist Missy McLain, said that it would be up to the clients to decide if they want to be seen. The room used for their therapy was getting hot fast.

“Well, we’re gonna talk to them when they come in,” she said.

Yet, not everyone experienced the power outage.

Southeast Lung and Critical Care Specialists had not experienced any problems all day.

Jackson nor the crew of men on site could say when the power would be back on.

“It’s a matter of locating what the problem is,” she said.

However, whenever there is an outage she encourages customers to call and let Georgia Power know.

“We really do it based on the calls we get,” she said.