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         photo/Eric Reinhardt    Above,  more than two inches of rain overnight left Hobson Drive impassable Tuesday morning. The storm forced the cancellation of school Tuesday as well.

Storms leave flooding, downed trees but no significant damage initially reported

             Crews from Jasper and Pickens County worked overnight Monday and were still on the job Tuesday handling widespread downed trees and some flooded roadways.

            Commission Chair Kris Stancil identified Thompson Lane, which has a creek crossing, and Hobson Drive as being closed due to high water Tuesday morning.

            He reported crews had been in action most of the night and were still out, coordinating with power crews to sort out the mess of downed trees and powerlines left by a storm more reminiscent of spring weather than January – sustained high winds and heavy rainfall.

            Tuesday morning the roads that remained closed were those where county crews were waiting on power crews to deal with downed lines before they could address the fallen trees.

            Stacey Fields, Amicalola EMC spokesperson, said in an e-mail around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning, “We have 7,598 members out [of power] in 147 separate locations.  This is across seven counties. There are 2,072 members out in Pickens. We have at least two broken poles, and are expecting that number to rise.  Crew have worked all night and are still working.”

            Kim Goldener, interim Jasper City Manager, reported they shut down their raw water intake on Long Swamp Creek because of high flow and debris/silt washing down. They were pulling from their groundwater sources until the water dropped.

            Around lunchtime Tuesday, Goldener stated in a text in regard to damage, “[Their crews] hadn’t found anything significant other than a ton of rain; however, we may find a different situation once the water recedes.”

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