After spending a leisurely week tearing through the tropics, Irma, the much-feared category 5 hurricane with its devastating 185 miles-per-hour winds, roared ashore in Naples, Florida, Sunday and made a beeline up the peninsula, arriving in Cartersville late Monday evening, a mere whisper of its former self.
The Bartow County Emergency Management Agency, which had been on standby since the storm approached Monday, reported two power lines down — one in Adairsville and the other in White.
The agency’s Facebook page reported that county services continued to respond to calls of vehicle accidents, downed power lines and trees across the road.
Cartersville appeared to suffer no noticeable damage.
“We had very little damage from either wind or water,” said Cartersville Public Works director Tommy Sanders. “We were prepared for the worst, but we never had to deal with that.”
Sanders said two trees — one on Mayflower Street in Atco and another on Luckie Street — fell blocking the roads, but both events occurred early Monday morning.
“With virtually no traffic on the roads, we were able to get them out of there quickly,” Sanders said. “It turned out about as good as could be.
“Fortunately, no one was hurt and the community encountered little damage.”
Bartow County Roads Department assistant supervisor Marc Ledford also reported little damage in the county.
“There were a few trees that blew down, but we quickly took care of them last night and early this morning,” Ledford said Tuesday. “There were a few trees on the northeast side that got tangled in some power lines but there were no outages. There are still a few loose ends to take care of, but everything should be back to normal by this afternoon.”
Georgia Power reported downed trees on Martin Road and Bartow-Carver Road, and within the cities of Kingston, White and Cassville, but none created traffic backups.
Georgia Power reported just over 100 outages in Bartow County, while surrounding counties saw outages in the thousands.
Minor flooding also made some roads impassable overnight Monday, but the water receded once it stopped raining Tuesday.
Some of the roads affected by flooding were Parr Wade Road, Old Alabama Road and Griffin Road in Cartersville and Old Hall Station Road in Kingston.