Prominent metro Atlanta county set in state of emergency!

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – As county residents continue to recover from widespread damage caused by Tropical Storm Irma, DeKalb County is now under a local state of emergency. DeKalb...

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – As county residents continue to recover from widespread damage caused by Tropical Storm Irma, DeKalb County is now under a local state of emergency.

DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond’s declaration enables the county to be eligible to receive additional state and federal resources to aid in the response and recovery.

“DeKalb County has taken the brunt of the hit of Irma in metro Atlanta,” Thurmond said. “Our ability to recover as soon as possible depends on the hard work of our dedicated employees and the resources we receive.”

At the peak of the storm, more than 50 percent of the homes in DeKalb County were without power.
 
As of 11 a.m., more than 60,000 customers remain without power.
 

According to a Thurmond’s office, DeKalb County is working in partnership with Georgia Power to restore service to homes as soon as possible.

As of 11 a.m., more than 100 trees remain down across roads in the county. Many of those trees have live Georgia Power lines in them.

Thurmond’s office is reminding residents that crews are removing trees from roads as quickly as possible. However, property owners are responsible for trees on their property.

Officials said crews have removed more than 38 tons of trees and debris since Irma moved through.

If you need to report a downed tree or county right-of-way, call 404-294-2911.

Power outages should be reported to Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.

 

Source: WSB-TV 

Featured Image: AJC.com

Inset Image: Kctv5 

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