4,000 still without power in DeKalb, 100 roads cleared after Irma

2:30 p.m Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 DeKalb County
Trees down on East Lake Road in DeKalb County

DeKalb County crews worked with state and local counterparts to reopen more than 100 roads and clear more than 245 trees four days after Tropical Storm Irma, the county said Friday.  

But more than 4,000 Georgia Power customers were still without electricity at 1:45 p.m., the agency said.

DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond issued a local state of emergency to get state resources to help clean up the county. 

“Working to restore DeKalb to normal takes the partnership and dedication of many agencies,” said Thurmond, in a news release. “Georgia Power and its contractors assisting the power restoration effort are instrumental in recovery, but we could not make this progress without the other resources that stepped in.”  

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Road clearing efforts were helped with crews and equipment from Georgia Department of Transportation, Georgia Department of Corrections and Clayton County, Thurmond said.  

“We are also thankful for our local community and religious organizations who provided shelter, food and so much more to DeKalb residents in need,” Thurmond said. “During and after the storm, we saw neighbors helping neighbors, embodying the spirit of the strong communities that make up DeKalb.”

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