DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond has declared a local state of emergency in DeKalb County in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irma, due to the amount of damage across the county.
The declaration enables the county to be eligible for additional state and federal resources to aid in the response and recovery efforts.
“DeKalb County has taken the brunt of the hit of Irma in metro Atlanta,” Thurmond said in a statement. “Our ability to recover as soon as possible depends on the hard work of our dedicated employees and the resources we receive.”
At the storm's peak, about 170,000 homes in the county lost power. As of late Wednesday morning, about 62,000 homes remained without power -- more than any other county across the metro area.
More than 100 trees were still reported down across roads and along county rights of way as of early Wednesday afternoon. Residents may report downed trees on roadways or county rights of way by calling 404-294-2911.
Local residents are reminded that property owners are responsible for trees on their own property.
BEFORE AND AFTER DAMAGE PHOTOS:
White Oak Drive