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12,000 people without power in Screven County

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SCREVEN CO., GA (WTOC) -

WTOC has been told about 12,000 people in Screven County are without power, or about 75 percent of the county.

Crews have been working around the clock to restore power, but as the ice continues to fall off area trees and into many power lines.

The falling tree limbs and ice has knocked power back out in several areas. Crews expect power to be restored in the next two to three days.

Until then, they have brought in about 70 additional linemen to help. About 25 crews are spread out throughout the county.

City of Victory Church off of East Ogeechee Street in Screven County has opened their doors to people without power. 

Outside the church, several trees have split and their limbs fallen to the muddy ground below. This is how it looks around Screven County as people try to clean up the mess and restore power.

Residents are welcome to come in, rest, eat and take hot showers. They have a backup generator running, in case power goes out to the building. They also have planned activities, first aid and free haircuts provided by a local barber shop.

"It was important to do it because there is no place in town that has it currently right now. We understand the resources are limited and everybody is doing everything they can to stay warm and and keep it safe. So we just felt necessary to do and since we had power why not," said church member Aaron Trimble.

The church pastor says they will stay open to the community until power is restored.

The owners of Screven Outdoors has been open since 6 a.m. Wednesday operating off two generators to help the community. They are mostly seeing people needing bars and chains. Their are a lot of people in desperate need of chains and saws to help remove fallen trees. In this crisis, the owners say they want to make sure the community knows they are there to do their part.

"[We] tried to make sure we catered to all the electrical municipalities, fire, police, met and county shops to let those guys know we were here all night to keep them running if they had any service calls. To aid them in that effort," said Will Ziegler, said president, owner and operator of Screven Outdoors.

"I think everybody is doing the same thing. I've called around you can't buy a generator anywhere," said Larry Lance, a resident.  

They are also doing service calls to help folks in need. They have a lawn care company out and helping clear fallen trees.

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