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Social Circle leaders ask patience
Power restoration may take 'several more days'

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. — City leaders asked for patience as they continue to clean up from Tropical Storm Irma.

Two days after the storm, power remained out to much of Social Circle, and electricity may not be on for all residents for “several more days,” Vice Mayor David Keener said Wednesday morning.

Keener said City Hall is open Wednesday, but city schools remained closed for a third day.

Georgia Power Co., the main provider of electric service inside Social Circle, is assessing damage and beginning repairs.

“They do not anticipate completion of restoration today,” Keener said in a Facebook post. “It may be several more days until power can be restored.”

Portions of South Cherokee Road and the northeastern part of Social Circle have power, Mayor Hal Dally said.

“Continue to make it through the best you can,” he said in a video message to citizens. “Help your neighbors.”

Georgia Power had more than 358,000 customers out of service across the state as of 9 a.m. Wednesday. In Newton County, there were 15 outages affecting 950 customers. In Walton County, there were 23 outages affecting 2,583 customers.

Dally said Cherokee Road is open but West Hightower Trail and some side streets are closed.

“We’re working through those issues,” he said.

Shelters are open at Corinth Missionary Baptist and Social Circle United Methodist churches. Social Circle United Methodist Church is open during the day and Corinth Missionary Baptist is equipped to house people overnight.

Keener said The Salvation Army will be serving lunch at noon and dinner at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, which is at 261 S. Cherokee Road. Meals then will be carried to Corinth Missionary Baptist, at 813 S. Cherokee Road.

Despite the power outages, Dally and Keener said the city’s water supply is in good shape. Residents still are asked to conserve water and limit water to personal use.

City officials said they’re concerned about the expected rise in temperatures. Highs should climb into the mid-80s by Thursday, which could be an issue for everyone without air conditioning, especially the elderly.

Dally said Social Circle’s city transit service is now available again. The number is 770-464-2953.

The number for City Hall is 770-464-2380.