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Work continues in hard hit areas after storm

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Hundreds of people in Screven County got electricity back Tuesday after a week with no lights, no heat, and for those with wells, no water.

Many residents affected by the storm relied on friends. On Sunday, 7,000 homes were still dark, but that number dropped to 1,500 Monday. That figure was down to 400 on Tuesday.

In addition to Tuesday's work, they plan to work Wednesday, maybe Thursday and leave Screven County with a little less burden.

Those crews could not do any work on private property. Screven County still cautions homeowners to do their homework before they hire a contractor for debris cleanup.

They recommend residents check their license, their insurance and make sure they remove the debris and dispose of it.

Jackie Pollack sat on her porch instead of in a dark house. Her sister started on a quilt when the ice storm took the electricity.

"We lost power Wednesday at 10:30 and it could have been much worse. We weren't cold. We had firewood," she said.

Crews were just up the road from her and restored her service early Tuesday afternoon. Some are still waiting.

Anthony Mikell lives in Emanuel County but he and other city of Statesboro employees are helping clear Screven County's debris.

 "We've got some people just up the road from us and they've got their power. I don't know what it is, why we can't get ours," Mikell said.

Planters EMC the company that covers rural Screven County, also covers many of the counties north of here toward the Augusta area that were hit even harder than hear.

They're just asking these last few customers that remain to be patient just a little longer.

Some Statesboro and Bulloch County trucks may look a little out of place in Screven County, but the people with them say they're just trying to help a neighbor in need.

The city and county sent trucks and workers and equipment to clear debris from roadsides, ditches, and right of ways where power crews may still need access to the power poles. They say the damage at home was nothing like what they've seen here.

"We just want to be good neighbors. We know one day it may be us that needs the help," said Dink Butler, of the Bulloch County Road Dept.

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