Friday, May 7, 2021
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Dekalb Sees Damages In Three Areas, Tornado Sirens Working

Dekalb County is currently evaluating storm damages in several areas of the county.

EMA Director Charlie Parker said a tornado has not been confirmed but straight line winds did take a definite path. Parker said Alexandria, northern Smithville and Johnsons Chapel took the majority of damages.

“The biggest thing has been tree damage, we have some power lines down,” Parker said. “We’ve had some roof damage on barns and out buildings and then we’ve had a few trees and stuff that’s been on houses, residences.”

Parker said that all three of the county’s tornado sirens worked during Tuesday’s tornado warnings. Parker said that all roadways should be open thanks to efforts by local and state crews.

“As the second round started moving in, it came right to the edge of Smithville,” Parker said. “So it did touch Smithville, so they did go off this morning. Not necessarily on the first warning because that area wasn’t in the polygon but the second issuance did get it in that polygon and to my knowledge all of them worked.”

Parker said he spoke with TEMA Tuesday to provide a damage update while the county continues to evaluate damages. He said all roads should be open, but drivers need to remain cautious for limbs and water.

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