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Tropical Storm Irma

Metro Atlanta Counties Seek Outside Help With Irma Damage

Sep 21, 2017
DeKalb County officials say crews have been working since Irma hit to repair storm damage.
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Some metro Atlanta counties are asking for federal aid to help recover from Tropical Storm Irma.

 

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DeKalb County had hundreds of trees down. At one point, 170,000 people were without power in DeKalb alone.

Sue Loeffler is DeKalb's director of emergency management. She said it takes a lot to add up damage costs from the storm.

Georgia officials say there are reports of gas shortages throughout the state.
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State officials have shut down fuel pumps at more than 20 gas stations around the state, including some in metro Atlanta, after inspectors found water contamination in the fuel after Tropical Storm Irma.

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Richard Lewis, director of the state fuel and measures division at the Georgia Department of Agriculture, said inspectors are forgoing regular duties to do random inspections for water contamination.

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Before Tropical Storm Irma hit Atlanta full force last Monday, metal panels were already falling off 34 Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta.

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The 32-story office tower is sandwiched between Woodruff Park and Broad Street. And the top of it has metal panels protecting the building's mechanical equipment.

The Creative Group owns the building and David Barrett is the building manager. He said the owner wasn't aware of any issues with the panels until Sunday.

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Gov. Nathan Deal flew around the state Thursday to see the impact of Irma firsthand.

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He visited parts of northeast Georgia and the coast, two of the areas hit hardest by the storm. He noted the number of downed trees and the power lines that came down with them.

He said there's no estimate for when power in the state will be back on for everyone.

"The volume of the downed power lines is just so huge that it’s going to take a while to get everybody restored,” Deal said.

DeKalb School Board Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green
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Students in the DeKalb County schools will finally go back to class Friday. Schools in the state’s third-largest district have been closed since Tropical Storm Irma hit Atlanta Monday. DeKalb was hit harder than some other areas, like Cobb County, which resumed classes Wednesday.

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DeKalb Superintendent R. Stephen Green said county and school officials worked at "warp speed" to make sure students can safely return Friday.

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