Extra-long hours put in by work crews to restore power


Utility Crews are working extra-long hours to restore power to thousands.

Watson Tree Service Owner Norman Watson said after storm work can be exhausting, but he loves it.

"Hectic, no sleep, tired, barely eating, but we are just trying to make everybody happy," Watson revealed.

We met the 7-person crew dissecting a 120-year-old White Oak that had knocked out power to most of Johnston Place in the Oakhurst subdivision of Decatur.

Mr. Watson told FOX 5 News his crews have been skipping lunch and working through dinner. He called the week hectic.

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Arborist Wayne Germon has been dissecting trees for more than 45 years. He was dicing a 120-year-old White Oak that had fallen in a homeowner's yard when FOX 5 News spoke with him.

"This is comparable to Hurricane Opal, it is not concentrated, but rather widespread. It is everywhere," Germon concluded. Germon concluded.

City of Decatur work crews spent the day clearing debris and reopening streets like West Parkwood Road where two huge trees had fallen.

Outages across the state dropped below 50,000 Friday night, less than a week after Irma tore through Georgia.

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