Laurens Co. EMA officials work to get power restored after 82% loss

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DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Many residents in Laurens County are still dealing with power outages due to trees falling on power lines.

Laurens County EMA Director Donald Bryant says around 82% of households across the county did not have power Thursday morning.

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“We’ve still got a lot of trees down. We’ve still got a lot of power lines down,” he told 41NBC.

Hurricane Michael’s mess is still impacting residents like the Gutiérrez family.

“I woke up this morning, walked around my yard and noticed there was a tree on my roof,” said Jose Gutiérrez.



Gutiérrez says another tree that fell near their neighbors house is what hit the power line near their home. But he’s just glad his family is safe.

“I feel like it could’ve been worse, you know?” he said.

Bryant says crews started responding last night but once the storm came in too heavy they had to stop.

“The winds began to get heavier. The rain began to get heavy. We had pre-staged people and equipment,” he said.

Since around 5:00 Thursday morning, crews have been working to get the number of power outages down to about 60%.

“All of our citizens have been very helpful, very patient. They’ve stayed off the roads pretty much and that’s allowed us to do our jobs even better. I’d like to ask citizens to continue to be patient,” Bryant continued.

While crews are out working, he’s just urging residents to stay away from down trees or power lines, as they can be extremely dangerous.

EMA Chief Deputy Bill Laird says right now crews have gotten about 40% of secondary roads cleared and 90-95% of state routes and primary roads back open.