Tropical Storm Hermine downs trees, power lines in Dodge County
EASTMAN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Tropical Storm Hermine left downed trees and power lines throughout downtown Eastman and around the county on Friday.
Clean up crews spent the day clearing up the mess.
It’s been wet, soggy, and active.
“It was unexpected. We weren’t expecting to get hit that hard,” Donnie Werden said.
He lives in Dodge County and didn’t anticipate seeing what he calls his favorite oak tree snapped in half.
“We woke up and we heard the wind and the rain and we walked outside. That’s when we saw the little bit of damage we had. The big red oak we had in our yard, it took it out,” Werden said.
Tropical Storm Hermine left countless downed trees in its path and left more than 700 people in the county, including Donnie, without power.
A few miles from Donnie, city of Eastman clean up crews worked to get rid of their own fallen oak.
“The wind picked up and some of the gusts that came through and knocked one of the large oak trees down in the community. It’s a big tree,” Jason Cobb, Eastman’s city manager, said.
…and it left a big mess.
While several roads may have been blocked off, Cobb says his staff was prepared to handle the debris.
“We made sure all of our emergency equipment was fueled up, gassed up, and made sure everybody was prepared for this. All the crew knew what was going on and we made sure we had plenty of staff here,” Cobb said.
It’s different for Donnie, but he says with some help from his neighbors, he’ll clear his beloved tree and be ready if another storm hits again.
“Prepare a little more for next time and go from there,” Donnie said.
According to Ocmulgee EMC, Dodge County’s electric provider, it took crews all of the day to restore power back to the affected areas.