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A snowy day in town

Ellijay, as seen from the top of the city cemetary, was nestled under a blanket of snow last Thursday. (Photo by Whitney Crouch)
by Ryan R Rees
Nearly 4,500 Gilmer County residents were briefly without power following the snow-storm Feb. 25 that brought up to five inches in some areas.

Gilmer County Fire Chief Tony Pritchett said there were no serious injuries from the storm but a lot of clean-up.

“We had a lot of tree issues and people sliding off roads. We gathered a lot of cars,” he said.

With a possible snow-storm forecast for this Thursday, Pritchett said his department is ready.

“It’s really hard to know until a day out. With the warm temperatures we’ve been having, I don’t think this will have much impact. But, with spring weather fluctuating, you never know,” Pritchett said.

The forecast issued last Tuesday called for an 80 percent chance of rain Thursday with a high of 40 and overnight low of 22. Temperatures will climb into the upper 50s by Saturday.

The damage was widespread with outages in the county including Coosawattee River Resort, Boardtown Road, Double Head Gap and Talona Road, along with nearly a dozen other areas.

Stacey Fields of Amicalola EMC said there were 5,090 members without power in several north Georgia counties with 4,458 in Gilmer County.

She said all power was restored by late evening Feb. 26.

“We appreciate the patience of our members during outages,” she said.

In addition to Amicalola EMC employees, crews were brought in from Pike to help with the restoration added up to around 135 workers. At least three power poles had to be replaced.
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