DeKalb County CEO declares local state of emergency following Irma damage

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt September 13, 2017

DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond has declared a local state of emergency following the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma.

It was a tropical storm when it rolled through DeKalb, but that was enough to cause numerous downed trees, structure damage to homes and leave about half the county without power.

“CEO Thurmond’s declaration enables the county to be eligible to receive additional state and federal resources to aid in the response and recovery,” a press release from the county says.

Thurmond said the county took “the brunt of the hit of Irma in metro Atlanta.”

There are still about 62,000 residents in DeKalb without power, the county says.

Here is the full press release from DeKalb County:

Irma Hits DeKalb County Hard

CEO declares local state of emergency

DECATUR, Ga.— DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond on Tuesday declared a local state of emergency in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irma which caused widespread damage in DeKalb.

CEO 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,” CEO 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, approximately 54 percent, or 170,000, of the homes in DeKalb County lost power. As of 11 a.m. on Sept. 13, approximately 62,000 DeKalb customers still were without power, more than any other metro Atlanta county.

DeKalb County is working in partnership with Georgia Power to restore service to homes as soon as possible

Additionally, more than 100 trees remain down across roads and in county rights of way.

Many of these trees have live Georgia Power lines in them. Residents should avoid all downed power lines.

While county crews are working as quickly as possible to remove trees from roads and rights of way, property owners are responsible for trees on their property.

DeKalb crews have removed more than 38 tons of trees and debris since the storm hit.

Residents can report a downed tree in a road or county right-of-way by calling 404-294-2911.

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

For up-to-date information about the Tropical Storm Irma recovery, go to www.dekalbcountyga.gov/Irma.

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The county Sanitation Division continues to revise the garbage collection schedule this week. The new schedule is as follows …

·        Wednesday, Sept. 13 – Residential customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Monday, Sept. 11, will be serviced on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Commercial customers whose regularly scheduled collection days are Monday, Sept. 11, and Tuesday, Sept. 12, will be serviced on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

·        Thursday, Sept. 14 – Residential customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Tuesday, Sept. 12, will be serviced on Thursday, Sept. 14. Commercial customers whose regularly scheduled collection days are Wednesday, Sept. 13, and Thursday, Sept. 14, will be serviced on Thursday, Sept. 14.

·        Friday, Sept. 15 – Residential customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Wednesday, Sept. 13, will be serviced on Friday, Sept. 15. Commercial customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Friday, Sept. 15, will be serviced on Friday, Sept. 15.

·        Saturday, Sept. 16 – Residential customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Thursday, Sept. 14, will be serviced on Saturday, Sept. 16. Commercial customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Saturday, Sept. 16, will be serviced on Saturday, Sept. 16.

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