Lavonia Handles Storm Beating Like a Champ

While some areas in North Georgia were severely impacted by Irma, the City of Lavonia fared ok through the storms says City Manager Charles Cawthon…

“We actually fared pretty well, the damage is not nearly as bad as we expected it to be, or it certainly could of been. We’re at the point now where we’re just trying to clear some streets. We got a lot of debris in people’s yards, and that kind of thing is gonna have to wait for a few days, but we’re trying to get all the thoroughfares open where everyone can travel from point to point.”

For Lavonia the bulk of the damage was in the vicinity of Vickery Street, which did cause some power outages…

“We had a large tree take out the main power line there and just killed all the power on that  side of town.”

Two power poles were in need of being replaced on Vickery Street, which left some without power for the bulk of yesterday, though Georgia power reports only 12 outages in that area as of this morning. Both city parks saw trees come down, including a very large tree at the entrance of the park located on Old Park Rd…

“The road is clear, but we have a big mess there, but we’ll be back to clean it up, again that’s one of those things that will fit into the next week or two when we get around to cleaning up the mess that’s everywhere. We lost some big trees in the park behind City Hall, I guess that’s probably the least of what could have happened.”

Cawthon reminds the public that as cleanup continues the threat of more damage also continues…

“Just be safe, you know, again watch for power lines because trees could be weakened, there’s gonna be some wind over the next day or two, there still could be some more trees come down, so everybody just be safe out there and stay away from power lines.”

The main traffic light in Downtown Lavonia was also knocked out during the storm, causing slight traffic delays in town but is now back online.