The surge of Tropical Storm Zeta on Wednesday night downed trees, powerlines and poles throughout Dawson County, causing property damage and power outages on a large scale, according to Dawson County Fire Chief and EMA Director Danny Thompson.
In about 12 hours, first responders and road crews responded to more than 60 calls due to the storm.
While Dawson County did receive a large amount of rain during the storm, the real damaging factor was the high winds, Thompson said.
Despite the extensive property damage, downed trees and powerlines, no injuries or deaths were reported in Dawson County.
“We consider that a pretty great success,” Thompson said.
But as of Friday morning, approximately 6,000 local residents are still without power.
To rectify those outages, power company crews have been working around the clock to clear the downed power lines, Thompson said. While outages may continue, the majority of state routes and county roads are now passable.
Afton Road in west Dawson County is still closed to through traffic. Some other roads in the county may be blocked but have other routes.
Officials say that if people come across a single access county road that is still impossible to call (706) 344-3636.
In addition to evaluating local roads, Thompson said that local officials will be out in the community throughout the next few days to assess damage to homes and businesses.
If your home has been damaged by the storm, Thompson said that you should email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and phone number to receive a damage assessment.