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Milledgeville cleaning up after straight-line windstorm

September 27, 2018

MILLEDGEVILLE – Power is restored to most of the village, where cleanup continues in the wake of Tuesday’s straight-line windstorm that toppled trees, broke power lines and tore siding off several homes.

The winds that accompanied the rain blew threw this town of about 900 at speeds of 60 to 70 mph, the National Weather Service said.

“About 20 truck and 10 endloaders have been working to pick up the large trees and debris the storm left,” Carroll County Emergency Services Coordinator Greg Miller said.

“Also about 36 power line poles needed to be replaced after the damage was evaluated, but if not everyone, then mostly all power has been restored,” Miller said.

The storm, which hit around 3:30 p.m, came fast without warning and left just as quickly.

“Our renter called us during the storm and said she was about to take cover from the wind, and just like that it was over,” said Tuesdai Harris, who was in Coleta, but has spent the last 2 days picking up leaves and branches at the home she owns on West Fifth Street.

“It was an absolute mess,” Harris said.

“There was a man from Forreston who came into town to help clean up a bunch of heavy branches on our roof that we needed help taking off. But now, we’re just picking up the smaller pieces.”

He was paying it forward, reciprocating help he received when Milledgeville residents helped him clean up after a storm, Harris said.

“It’s just nice how people help around here.”

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