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Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 4:44 AM
Last updated 10:10 PM
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8:55 p.m.

School Closings:

Georgia:

Burke County
Columbia County
Lincoln County
McDuffie County
Richmond County
Augusta Christian Schools
Augusta Prep
Westminister Schools
Augusta Technical College
Georgia Regents University (Summerville and Forest Hills campuses closed, Medical Campus open)

South Carolina:

Aiken County
Edgefield County
McCormick County
Aiken Tech
USC Aiken 

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Doctors Hospital-- At this time our Snow Plan is deactivated. Employees who are in need of transportation to their homes should contact the TransportationCenterat 706-651-2419 or 706-651-6404. We are providing transportation on a case by case basis (i.e. Trees blocking road or driveway). Please know that while we are working hard to provide rides as quickly as possible, your patience during this time is greatly appreciated. We will continue to monitor weather conditions over the next 24hrs. 

AllDoctorsHospitaloperations will return to normal tomorrow. All employees are to report to their shift at their scheduled time unless notified otherwise by their supervisor.

 

8:20 P.M.

SCE&G is reporting progress in Aiken County. Early Thursday afternoon, nearly 40,000 of the company's 52,000 customers were without power in the county. As of 8:20 p.m., outages are down to 32,660. 


7:10 P.M.

Augusta Recreation and Parks Department is cancelling all services at all facilities and parks Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All parks are closed.


4:45 P.M.
AUGUSTA --  Due to the high number of power outages and the large amounts of debris on the roadways, all Augusta Richmond County offices will be closed on Friday, February 14, 2014. Landfill and Solid Waste employees, Public safety employees and departments responsible for responding to the current emergency conditions should report per their usual schedule.For future updates regarding this situation, employees please contact the Augusta Employee Notifications hotline which is (706) 842-3000.

Transit is expected to operate on regular schedule Friday.

Trash pickup will be best efforts; the landfill will be open on Friday. Landfill and Solid Waste employees should report to work.

Augusta 311 will be open for non-emergency calls on Friday.




4:40 PM.
COLUMBIA COUNTY 

  • Shelter / Patriot’s Park:  Will remain open for as long as needed by residents.  There are currently 83 people taking shelter – and we expecting from 125 to 150 before the day/evening is over. 

  • The phones are back up and running in the 3-1-1 Call Center.  Please dial 3-1-1 or (706) 868-3375 if you would like to go to the shelter and need transportation.  We will make sure everyone transported gets transportation back home when their power is restored.
  • We have had some sunshine to help melt ice – so be cautious of falling ice from homes, trees and other structures.  All of the water/slush on the roads will re-freeze overnight and create black ice – once again creating extremely dangerous driving conditions. 
  • There are still many trees and power lines in roadways, so we urge people not drive.  Many traffic signals are still out, so please use caution through these areas.  At intersections where traffic is being directed, please be careful and watch out for deputies.  Also, be mindful of some temporary stop signs that are out around the county. 
  • Also, Georgia Power Company crews are all over the county.  Please watch out for these workers as they perform an extremely difficult task of getting power line untangled so they can get power restored as quickly as possible.  There are no ETA’s on power restoration.  Some outages could last from 24 to 72 hours.  Again, the shelter has plenty of space for those who need it.
  • The EOC remains staffed and activated for the response.  All county critical services are working around the clock to respond to emergency situations. 


4:33 
FORT GORDON -- 

- Fort Gordon Garrison activities and Logistics Readiness Center reopen at 11 a.m. Friday.

- Eisenhower Army Medical Center employees return based on the hospital's internal plan.

- All other Fort Gordon agencies resume normal operations at 1 p.m.

- The planned training holiday for military personnel will be observed on Friday.



4:29 --

AUGUSTA -- Inpatient care activities at Georgia Regents Medical Center and Children's Hospital of Georgia are operating as normal. Outpatient clinics will open at normal hours on Friday, Feb. 14.
 
The campuses of Georgia Regents University will remain closed Thursday. All daytime and evening classes as well as student activities on the Health Sciences, Summerville, and Forest Hills campuses are cancelled. GRU’s basketball doubleheader that was scheduled for Thursday evening has been rescheduled for Sunday.
 
Georgia Regents University Summerville and Forest Hills Campuses will remain closed on Friday, Feb. 14. All buildings are closed and without power. Buildings with critical systems have limited emergency power.

Classes and student activities on the Health Sciences Campus will resume as normal on Friday, Feb. 14. Most buildings are open and functional, with the exception of the following, which are still without power:

  • Cardiovascular outpatient building
  • Finance Trailer
  • Pope Avenue Human Resources offices
  • Pope Avenue ITS trailer
  • Residence 6
  • WellnessCenter

Supervisors in the affected buildings should call 706-721-WORK, and employees should coordinate attendance with their supervisors.

   3:30 p.m.
 NORTH AUGUSTA -- North Augusta Municipal Court for Friday, February 14th has been canceled.  Rescheduled dates will be notified by mail.


3 p.m. --  Georgia Bank & Trust and Southern Bank & Trust locations will be closed Thursday, but will reopen Friday at noon.      

2:45 P.M. --

AUGUSTA -- The Road To Recovery volunteer training in partnership with Lydia Project. has been rescheduled to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 28  at the Lydia House, 1369 Interstate Parkway, Augusta. Participants can still call 706.731.0152 to register for the training.

 

AIKEN --  Aiken County Government offices will be closed  Friday


2:30 

ATLANTA -- Georgia Department of Transportation’s East Central District is asking motorists to continue to stay off the roadway if at all possible as numerous limbs and trees have fallen across roads and power lines. Driving in this area remains extremely dangerous.

2:15 p.m.
GROVETOWN --  Patriot’s Park remains open as a shelter in Columbia County.  We currently have 60 citizens at the shelter.  The shelter remains open.  For those needing shelter or additional information, please email 311@columbiacountyga.gov.


2 p.m.


FRIDAY SCHOOL CLOSINGS: McCormick County, Richmond County, Columbia County, Westminister Schools, Augusta Prep. Burke County, McDuffie County, Augusta Christian Schools, Aiken County. Edgefield County, Augusta Technical College, USC Aiken. 


1 p.m.  

ATLANTA -- Georgia DOT Warns of Continuing Dangerous Driving Conditions in Augusta Area; Requests Public Remain Off Metro Roads as Clean-up Continues; Cautions of Widespread Black Ice Risk Tonight

Although winter precipitation has essentially ceased and temperatures are above freezing, downed and falling limbs, trees and power lines continue to pose an extreme danger in Augusta/Richmond County and a broad surrounding area.  The Georgia Department of Transportation warns that driving in the area remains extremely hazardous.

 12:37 p.m.

EVANS -- Columbia County emergency officials say there was no truth to a rumor the county was running out of water.

"Apparently unknown persons are knocking on doors and telling citizens that Columbia County is turning their water off due to problems with the filtration system due to no power," she said.

"There is no truth to this rumor. We have power at all our water utility locatons,"  she said.

12:30 p.m.


Gov. Nathan Deal will pick up Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver and Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross at Daniel Field at 2 p.m. for an aerial tour of the area. The three will hold a news conference after returning to Daniel Field at 2:30 p.m.


1228 p.m.
EVANS --  Phones are out at Columbia County County emergency operations center. People can e-mail 311@columbiacountyga.gov for transportation to our shelter at Patriot’s Park shelter..  

12:25 p.m.
FORT GORDON --  "Fort Gordon U.S. Army Garrison and LRC will resume normal operations at 11

a.m., Friday, Feb. 14."


Noon

AUGUSTA -- Westminster Schools of Augusta will be closed Friday.


10:45  A.M.

EVANS -- Columbia County schools will be closed Thursday and Friday.  Employees do not need to report today.  The situation is being evaluated and further determination regarding employees will be made at a later time.  Notifications will be disseminated regarding when/if employees will need to report.

 9:12 a.m.

EVANS -- Due to the dangerous conditions with ice, trees and power lines on roads throughout the county, county officials are closing government offices until Monday morning.  Repeat, all county offices are closed Thursday and Friday.  


8:45 a.m.

EVANS -- According to Pam Tucker, director of Columbia County emergency services, the situation is critical and we are in a major disaster situation:

  • Power outages are now affecting at least 85 percent of the county.

 There are thousands of trees down all over the roads and power lines.

 Power lines are down across roads in numerous locations.

 While many roads are closed due to the power lines and trees, in reality, all roads are closed due to the continuing threat of trees and power lines falling.  Please do not venture out at all today.  We will advise as soon as conditions are better.

 We are only aware of three gas stations that are open:  Circle K @ Baston Road, Circle K @ Columbia/Belair and Circle K @ William Few/Washington

  • The shelter at Patriot’s Park @ 5445 Columbia Road remains open and currently there are 17 residents in the shelter at this time.  There is still plenty of space and people are encouraged to go to the shelter.  If you need transportation, we will get you on a list for transport.  Just call 3-1-1 or (706) 868-3375.
  • We continue to be concerned about the safety of the emergency responders, utility workers and road crews – as they are working in extremely dangerous situations.  Another reason we need people to stay off the roads.

 Be aware that Georgia Power crews were expected to begin restoration procedures again this morning.  They are aware of the massive power outages.

 The only known injuries at this time are a child which was struck by a falling tree last evening and a deputy who was struck by a tree on I-20 while outside his vehicle.

 The EOC remains activated and staffed; still operating on generator

 Trees are down across train tracks; no trains are moving – with the last train coming thru at 6am yesterday morning.



8:30 a.m.

AUGUSTA --  Augusta Mall  will open at 1 pm today.Department store, restaurant, and small shop hours may vary. 




8 a.m.  COLUMBIA --  SC DOT reports temperatures in District Seven (AIKEN)  are ranging between 30 and 33 degrees. Weather conditions are being reported as rain.  Roads are being reported as wet in most counties with the exception of Calhoun and Aiken reporting partially covered with snow/ice.  Priority routes and bridges continue to be treated as needed with anti-icing materials and equipment.  Most counties are reporting a significant number of fallen trees and vegetative debris. 

 7:30 a.m.

ATLANTA — Georgia utility companies report that about 350,000 customers in the state were without power before dawn today.

Georgia Power reports that about 220,000 of its customers were without power early Thursday.

Also, the state’s electric membership cooperatives, or EMCs, say that about 129,000 of their customers were without power as of 4:30 a.m.

-- ASSOCIATED PRESS



4 a.m.

AUGUSTA -- According to a 2 a.m. update from Richmond County emergency officials, a shelter set up at May Park community center lost power and was unable to accept more residents.

Road conditions were also a challenge, as motorists were advised to stay off the roads unless traveling for an emergency.

“Conditions continue to decline and roads are not safe to drive on,” a bulletin said.

Among those roads with problems Thursday morning were:

• Telfair Street at 5th Street has a tree blocking the road

• 10th Street and Broad Street, tree blocking the road

• 11th Street and Broad Street, tree blocking the road

• 12th Street and Broad Street, tree blocking the road

• Tubman Home Rd and Hwy 25 is impassable

• 500 Block of Aumond Rd is impassable

• Thomas Lane to Wheeless Rd is impassable

• 2300 Block Overton Rd is impassable

• 1100 Block of Broad Street Westbound is impassable

• Golden Camp Rd is closed

• Walton Way is closed due to multiple trees down and debris in the road

• Walton Way Extension from Jackson Rd to Milledge Rd is closed

• Berckmans Rd from Washington Rd to Ingleside Dr is closed

• John C. Calhoun Expressway is closed

• Heard Ave to Milledge Rd. is closed

• I-520 from Hwy 56 to the SC state line is not safe for travel


COLUMBIA -- The SC DOT reports District 7 (Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Clarendon, Hampton, and Orangeburg counties) has temperatures  ranging between 26 and 33 degrees. Weather conditions are being reported as rain.  Roads are being reported as wet or partially covered with snow/ice.  Interstates, priority routes, and bridges continue to be treated as needed with anti-icing materials and equipment.  Most counties in this District are reporting a significant number of fallen trees and vegetative debris. 

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The power company serving Aiken County are to be commended for their outstanding efforts getting power restored to area. We lost power for 29 hrs but it could have been much worse. Several trees were lost on my property and all roads were blocked. Neighbors pitched in working for hrs in the cold to clear streets and neighbors driveways. I saw the absolute best come out in people during a very trying weather event.

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