Dodge County handles Hermine

Dodge County handles Hermine

Tropical Storm Hermine made herself known in Dodge County, but Dodge County EMA Director, Stanley Stephens, says she didn't move much in her path.

"We were expecting to see just about everything on the ground, and water covering it, but we were very fortunate," Stephens says.

While there is definitely some damage, Stephens says, Dodge County didn't see the destruction it was expecting.

"It's now more just recovery, cleanup, and getting things restored," Stanley says.

Stephens says road flooding was minimal, and most reports he received were about trees falling on secondary roads, some hitting power lines.

Stephens says power outages were the worst of the county's problems. At around 12:00 p.m., about 750 homes in Dodge County were without power. When we spoke to workers in the morning, they didn't have a timeline as to when all power would be restored.

Phil Bearden with Ocmulgee Electric Membership Corporation says crews are working quickly to restore power, but outages kept occurring throughout the storm.

"It takes several hours per outage when you have a major, three-phase line out," Bearden says.

Stephens says the county doesn't plan on opening any shelters, unless the power outages extend drastically.

As of 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Stephens says about 300 homes were without power.


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