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Grady County busy with storm clean-up

By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

CAIRO, GA (WALB) –High winds and lightning from Tuesday's storm caused trees to fall on roads all over Grady County. The top priority for work crews was to make those roads passable. Now, they're focusing on clean up.

The EMA director says they've determined there were winds up to 80 miles per hours in Grady County and during that storm close to 150 trees fell.

Crews in Grady County are working overtime cleaning up downed trees from Tuesday's storm."We got trees on just about every road in the county," said Stanley Elkins, with the Grady County Road Department.

Some roads had just a few trees, others had more."We have about 150 trees down on about 40 to 50 different roads," he said.

But the road department and volunteer firefighters started clearing trees right after the storm passed, so thankfully all roads are passable."Chain sawing in total darkness is not a job most people would want to do so our hats are off to those people," said Jim Ellis, EMA Director.

Now crews are in the clean up process which is time consuming."We have to gather it up, saw it up haul it off, and it takes a lot of man power," said Elkins.

They are working on clearing trees of all sizes from giant oak trees to tall skinny pine trees. "When you have that kind of wind you are going to have trees fall," he said.

And trees fell everywhere in the county. Not only do the trees need cutting up, but ditches need cleaning up as well. "Some of the roads need shaping up and it will take a little time but it will get fixed back up," he said.

Thankfully traffic has not been as bad as it could be, "We are very fortunate schools were out on spring break so there was not a lot of bus traffic or people taking their kids back and forth to school," said Ellis.

Aside from downed trees, only four homes were damaged in the storm. "We heard a boom and the lights went out, and two seconds later my son comes running in and said a tree had gone through his roof," said Eva Barnett.

Road crews plan to clear 25 trees a day, in order to get everything cleaned up as quickly as possible.

Crews say their was no visible damage to any of the paved roads, however there was some erosion on dirt roads. They estimate it will take a couple weeks to get all of the trees cleaned up.

Some folks in the remote areas of the county still don't have their power but it should be restored soon.

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