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Weekend storms leave mark in Northeast Georgia
Power lines, trees down; White, Habersham schools closed
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Sardis Road remained closed Monday afternoon between the Sardis compactor site and Sardis Elementary School as crews begin the repair process. The affected portion of the roadway will be completely shut down until further notice.

While Hall County didn’t have any reported weather-related injuries Sunday or suffer the severe flooding seen in South Carolina, Northeast Georgia still felt plenty of effects from heavy rains and storms that blew through the area.

Power outages and storm damage even led to the White County and Habersham County school systems being closed Monday.

Crews were working off and on Monday to repair a washed-out portion of Sardis Road that was damaged in Friday’s heavy rains, Hall spokeswoman Katie Crumley said. The part of the road between the Sardis compactor site and Sardis Elementary School remains closed until further notice.

School buses for students at Sardis Elementary and Chestatee Academy have altered their routes to adjust for the road closure, Hall County School District Superintendent Will Schofield has said.

Of the 88 calls Hall County Fire Services responded to Sunday, 57 were considered weather-related. Five of those calls required at least two and a half hours on scene due to downed power lines, downed trees or both.

One of those calls was for a tree through a residence on Lotheridge Road in Gainesville and lasted six hours, waiting for tarping and the power company to secure the power.

Power lines and trees down at Hulsey Road and Hulsey Drive in Clermont required eight hours on scene waiting for the power company to secure the power, while a similar call at Ga. 52 and Clarks Bridge Road required four and a half hours.

Another call for Hall Fire Services on Sunday involved a multi-vehicle accident in the 3100 block of Old Cornelia Highway that involved a tree in the roadway. A pair of transformer fires, on East Hall Road and Joe Chandler Road in Gainesville, were also reported.

Gainesville Assistant Public Works Director Chris Rotalsky said that over the weekend the Public Works Department “cleared six roadways that were blocked by downed trees or large limbs, and our crews have spent a majority of the day cleaning up smaller limbs and debris throughout the city.”

Gainesville Fire Department spokesman Keith Smith said that on Friday his department responded to about 12 vehicle accidents due to the rain and then they had approximately 10 power lines down calls.

City of Demorest water customers are under an advisory to boil their water — for drinking, cooking or preparing baby food — until further notice to protect against potential health hazards after the city’s water treatment facility was without power for 12 hours.

Practically all power in Hall County had been restored as of Monday night.

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