Latest on roads, power outages

September 12, 2017--12:08 p.m.

Staff reports

As far as the weather went, things went pretty well until around 7 p.m. when heavy rain and winds started bringing down trees across Floyd County.

Most have been cleared although there are a few problem areas this morning.

According to 911, trees and or/power lines are blocking Autry Road, Edwards Street off of Wilkerson Road, George Road from Blacks Bluff Road to the Alabama State Line, Ward Mountain Road from Barron Road to the top of the mountain, and a power line is down on Bells Ferry Road.

In Gordon County, localized flooding was the issue.

According to the Gordon County Emergency Management Facebook page:

"The following roads have been closed to thru traffic due to flooding: Union Grove Road, Lick Creek Road, Hayes Road, Pendley Road, and Brookshire Road have been closed due to flooding.

The following roads have experienced high waters but are passable as of Monday (9/11) 11:00 PM: Farmville Road, Dodd Road, and Johnson Lake Road."

There are still scattered power outages this morning.

Damage Update – As of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday

There are approximately 680,000 Georgia Power customers currently without power.
More than 9,600 cases of individual damage or trouble (including broken poles and lines) the company is working to repair.

Damage Update – As of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday

There are nearly 770,000 Georgia Power customers currently without power.
More than 8,500 cases of individual damage or trouble (including broken poles and lines) the company is working to repair.
Damage and outages are widespread and across the state with the hurricane impacting service to customers around Savannah, Columbus, Metro Atlanta and beyond.

As of 6:30 a.m., there were 19 outages in Floyd County, impacting around 753.

The largest, affecting 633 Georgia Power customers, is in the area of Wax Road and Abrams Road.

Another 47 are affected by an outage on Ward Mountain Road.

Once again, there are smaller outages across the county and across the region.

There are trees down on Allweather Street and Luckie Street in Cartersville and a portion of Parr Wade Road is closed due to water.  There are around 121 Georgia Power customers without power in Cartersville.

There are nine outages, affecting 295 in Chattooga County, seven outages are impacting around 99 Georgia Power customers in Polk County, and only three outages affecting 17 customers are being reported in Gordon County.  

Our area received about 3 inches of rain from 7 a.m. Monday through last night.

Wind gusts recorded at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport topped 38 miles per hour at one point.

As Hurricane Irma clears Georgia, Georgia Power will begin its first day of full-scale damage assessment Tuesday.

The company has experienced widespread, extensive damage due to high winds, heavy rain, and fallen trees as a result of the historic hurricane.

Damage assessment marks the first phase of the restoration process once the storm has left impacted areas.

Georgia Power must wait until conditions are safe for damage assessment teams to enter the field and begin the restoration.

• There are approximately 870,000 Georgia Power customers currently without power – equivalent to nearly 50 percent of the company’s total residential customer base.
• More than 9,500 individual cases of damage or trouble (including broken poles and lines) the company is working to repair.
• Damage and outages are widespread and across the state with the hurricane impacting service to customers around Savannah, Columbus, Metro Atlanta and beyond.

You can check area power outages by visiting the Georgia Power Outage Map.