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Hall officials cleared 42 trees from roads after Friday storm
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The culvert at Cantrell Road Bridge near Victoria Drive in Flowery Branch is blocked off after being washed out by stormwater overnight on Friday, June 1. - photo by David Barnes

Hall County’s 911 center took more than 100 calls regarding downed trees following severe thunderstorms that struck late Friday afternoon.

Hall County 911 Director Gail Lane said the center received 103 calls reporting trees down, and 42 trees “were cut out to clear (the) roadway.”

Around 5 p.m. Friday, June 1, roughly 5,000 total customers of Jackson EMC and Georgia Power in Hall County were without power. That number had shrunk to fewer than 500 customers around 10 p.m. that night.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 36 customers of Jackson EMC remained without power.

Gainesville Fire spokesman Keith Smith said the department ran four calls regarding downed power lines. Smith said there was one car wreck with minor injuries and one call about a tree on a Lucille Lane residence.

“No one was home at the residence that the tree fell on,” Smith wrote in an email.

The storms dumped about a half-inch of rain in the Gainesville area between 5 and 6 p.m., according to data logged at the National Weather Service recording station at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport.

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