Bibb Co. crews continue clean up, repairs after Hurricane Michael
MACON, Ga. -- Bibb County crews are deactivating the Emergency Operations Center as of 5:30 p.m. Thursday and will resume operations Friday morning at 8:30 a.m., a release from the county's office of public affairs said.
"I want to thank our response team of more than 50 departments, agencies, and organizations comprised of hundreds of employees and volunteers for stepping forward to protect our community. This team operated smoothly and quickly, rapidly responding to our community's needs," said EMA Director Spencer Hawkins.
"Forward Together is the motto of our consolidated government, and our emergency response team fully embodies that," said Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert. "For this group, it's not about who's responsible for what item; it's about getting the job done and protecting people and property. We are very fortunate to have a team of this many people and organizations in Macon-Bibb."
The county's release said since 3:00 a.m. Wednesday, crews with Macon-Bibb, Georgia Power and others responded to damage, blocked roads, power outages and traffic signal problems.
By Thursday afternoon, 107 out of 143 roads had been cleared - 36 of which involved power lines.
The county said that the remaining road closures involve power lines and that Public Works is working with Georgia Power to reopen them. Treat fallen power lines as if they're active and contact Georgia Power at (888) 891-0938.
Any road closures or debris problems need to be reported to Macon-Bibb County by calling 478-832-6300 during business hours or submitting a request through the SeeClickFix mobile app or online.
Macon-Bibb's Facilities Management Department responded to 22 locations experiencing issues with traffic signals, all of which the county reported to be fixed by 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
The county also said Macon-Bibb's fire department responded to four fires early Thursday morning - three structural and one transformer.
Georgia Power had also restored power to 4,900 locations in Macon-Bibb by Thursday afternoon - although there were still nearly 4,000 homes and businesses without power as of 4:30 p.m., county officials said.
The county's Solid Waste Department and ADS will start collecting yard waste piles on Friday and Saturday. Trash and recycling will be collected with delayed schedules Thursday and Friday and Thursday's collection will take place Friday.
County government offices will open back up on Friday. Municipal court cases scheduled for Thursday will take place on Friday, December 14 at 8:00 a.m.
Buses with the Macon Transit Authority will start running again at 5:20 a.m. on Friday and the Macon Water Authority will reopen its offices Friday at 8:00 a.m.
To report damage, call the Emergency Operations Center at 478-832-6300 between 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. This includes trees blocking the road, limbs on power lines, downed power lines and damaged buildings. Anyone can also report debris and downed trees using the SeeClickFix app. Choose "MICHAEL DEBRIS TICKET" from the drop down menu after entering the location.