Power outages remain widespread east of Atlanta

9:15 AM, Feb 13, 2014   |    comments
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ATLANTA-- Pockets of rural Georgia and metro Augusta are struggling with power outages, according to state officials.  Much of Washington County, west of Augusta was without power as of 7am Thursday.

At a briefing at the Georgia Emergency Management Agency headquarters, state officials say the entire town of Davisboro has been without power since Wednesday.  Davisboro is east of Sandersville.  The outage also shut down power to the town's water system.  Crews expected to transport a generator from Savannah to power to town's water well.

Officials spent much of Wednesday and Thursday morning trying to bring generators to nursing homes that had lost power in Hancock, Monroe, Jefferson and other counties.

The Georgia National Guard lost power at an armory in Augusta, which they'd set up as an emergency shelter for residents without power.  Officials said widespread power outages in the Augusta area made it difficult to set up effective emergency shelters.

Officials say downed trees caused most of the outages, which were widespread south of I-20 between Madison and Augusta.  Crews struggled to clear downed trees from the highway overnight, which remained open to traffic.

In Cornelia, northeast of Gainesville, a water main break cut the water supply to much of the city Wednesday.  Crews restored water to most of the city, but a boil advisory remains in effect.


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