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Downed power lines slow roadway cleanup in Candler Co.


Several roads in Candler County are impassible due to debris and power lines.

Public works crews have working around the clock since the start of bad weather, but it could be another week before everything is cleaned up. There are still several hundred customers without power in the area.

The public works department said most of the damage was concentrated in the northern part of the county. Roads such as Lanier, Hedricks and Baggett are still impassible for drivers due to downed power lines.

Those lines which utility companies must remove before public works crews can cut down and remove fallen trees and limbs.

"For the past two days, it has been pretty exhausting. I mean, there's a good bit. We still have to chip. We're going to have to go in and move stumps that we've had to cut that are still on the ditch line," said Stephen Osteen, equipment operator for the public works department.

The department urges drivers to use caution especially in areas that haven't been fully cleared because it is hard to see those down power lines.

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