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Local agencies help other flooded areas
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Hall County was spared much of the flooding that other metro Atlanta counties suffered Monday, but a few area agencies were called upon to help hard-hit areas elsewhere.

Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell said Tuesday that no surrounding counties had called on fire services for backup.

"They didn’t ask for aid from our area," Kimbrell said.

But the previous day, when the heavy rains were causing
problems Monday morning in the southern part of Gwinnett County, Hall County Fire Services was asked to help.

"We sent a crew to Gwinnett County yesterday morning in the height of the storm," Kimbrell said. "They called for mutual aid for us to run calls in the northern part of Gwinnett County."

Jeff Wilson, a spokesman from Georgia Power Company, said seven employees from Gainesville were sent to Atlanta to help restore power to homes affected by flooding.

"We brought in crews from around the state to help the metro Atlanta crews," Wilson said.

Wilson said Georgia Power is still waiting for the water to recede from many homes before power can be restored.

Larry Tyson, emergency services director for the Northeast Georgia chapter of the Red Cross, said the group remains on standby to help the Atlanta chapter.

"We had everybody on alert and ready to go," said Tyson of area Red Cross volunteers.

The group had other issues to take care of in its own 13-county area.

"The main issue up in Stephens County is flooding," Tyson said.

Tyson said he was surprised by all the damage caused by Monday’s storms.

"This is very unusual for North Georgia," Tyson said. "This is a flood of historic proportions."