Local crews out assessing damage, clean up after Irma hits Macon

Downed power lines / Matt Mackie (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Local Georgia Power and county crews are now assessing areas without power in Middle Georgia.

According to Theresa Robinson with Georgia Power, they'll fix as much as they can Monday evening.

However, the hundreds of out-of-state crew members housed at the Macon Centreplex will not get to work until Tuesday morning.

Robinson said there is a lot of repair to be done.

There are several downed power lines and trees on wires in the area.

Across Georgia, around 900,000 of their customers are without power. There are 89,000 affected in Middle Georgia and around 50,000 in the Macon area.

Tropical Storm Irma left more people without power across the state than Hurricane Matthew did. In Middle Georgia, however, the numbers are about the same.

More than 1.2 million Georgians were left without power due to Irma.

Macon-Bibb County Public Works, Solid Waste and Parks and Beautification crews also began assessments around 7 p.m. Monday in coordination with Georgia Power.

They'll focus on clearing emergency routes, major thoroughfares, and access to schools and hospitals, and repairing traffic lights, stop signs, and road signs, according to the county.

Both Georgia Power and county departments expect the process to take several days based on outage reports.

“This will be a time consuming process, and we appreciate people’s patience as we work through the recovery process,” says Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency Director Spencer Hawkins. “We’re asking people to stay off the roads as crews assess the damage and make them safe.”

Trash and recycling will be picked up a day late this week.

The Solid Waste Department will not pick up bulky yard waste on regular routes because equipment will be dedicated to debris.

People need to move debris to the curb and follow the following guidelines:

• All tree trucks, limbs, and branches must be cut four feet or less in length
• Limbs and branches are to be placed at curbside in their own pile
• Tree trunks are to be placed in their own pile
• Do not mix limbs, branches, and trunks with other solid waste
• Place building materials at the curbside in separate pile
• Put leaves and pine straw in their own bags or trash can

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