Commissioner Rob Jones reported about 8 a.m. Tuesday morning that all roads in the county are open and power has been restored to almost all residences.
The commissioner reported that road crews worked to clear roads and assist Amicalola EMC power crews until roughly midnight Monday. The road crews will again be in the Marble Hill area around Harrington Road Tuesday to continue removing trees along roadways.
The damage from falling trees appeared to be isolated to that one area, although two county roads were closed briefly due to flooding elsewhere. But, the flooding issues peaked about dark Monday night and receded quickly with all roads cleared Tuesday.
Jones said 4.5 inches of rain was recorded at a county grading project.
Original Story from Monday evening
The first round of storms to cross Pickens Monday left no injuries. But areas of east Pickens served by Amicalola EMC were without power and three roads closed.
The damage was in the Marble Hill area along Highway 53 with Harrington, Marble Hill Church and Cowart roads closed and expected to remain impassable most of the evening – possibly all night.
Fire Chief Bob Howard said there were no injuries in the first round of strong winds but some minor-to-moderate damage reported to structures in the Marble Hill area. He said the road closings and power outages were due to multiple downed trees.
Howard was not optimistic that the roads would be opened or the power restored quickly. He said it is the Amicalola EMC service area and, as of 5 p.m., they didn’t have any crews able to respond. “They have their hands full elsewhere,” he said. Road crews were waiting for downed power lines to be removed before moving into the area, he said.
Howard said at this time it was either strong straight-line winds or a low-grade tornado which did the damage.
Looking ahead to the rest of the evening, Howard said the weather reports show “this may be an all-evening affair.”