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Power outages linger in county

        An update provided by Pickens Emergency Services showed that Thursday morning, power outages still lingered in several areas of the county. 

            A Tuesday night storm created widespread outages and downed several trees and powerlines. County, city, and power crews have worked over the last day to restore service and clear roads. Additional power outages occurred Wednesday night with continued heavy rains.

According to the emergency center’s numbers: Amicalola EMC had 1960 outages as of 10:45 a.m. that Thursday, mostly in Bent Tree, Price Creek, and Hill City areas. Georgia Power had nine separate outages with 837 customers out of power county wide.

            County road crews were still in the Grandview and Burnt Mountain areas, and there were reports of other trees down all over the county. 

Commission Chair Rob Jones said crews were headed out that afternoon to grind trees that had been cleared, and noted that efforts the road crews have made in recent weeks to keep right-of-ways cleared of trees was beneficial to these cleanup efforts, which are still underway.  

            Between 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 and 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, the 911 center received 38 calls for downed trees and powerlines, primarily in the Hill City, Cove Road and Grandview areas. 

            “We have had a few motor vehicle accidents from people hitting the trees. Fortunately, no injuries have occurred, but one of them county road crews were also on the scene, so was a close call,” said 911 Center Operations Chief Kristy Easterwood. 

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