Mayor declares state of emergency as thousands remain in the dark after Zeta

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an executive order on Oct. 31 declaring a state of emergency due to the aftermath of Hurricane Zeta.

Due to the storm’s damaging winds, the city has assessed a record high of 357 downed trees, with 60 of those involving power lines. The number is projected to increase as the city continues its assessment.

The mayor’s order mobilizes additional employees and resources to assist in recovery efforts. Fifteen city crews working 10-hour shifts have already been deployed and additional contracted crews will assist power companies in the restoration of residential and commercial utilities.

Residents are urged to report downed trees to 911 and downed power lines directly to Georgia Power. As of this afternoon, approximately 65.000 customers remained without power across North Georgia. At least 20,000 of those were in the city.

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