Gary L Herman
Tropical Storm Zeta has left Alexander County, but not without leaving a path of destruction. The storm caused many downed trees and power lines, as well as damage to homes and personal property.
According to Doug Gillispie, Director of Public Services, Alexander County emergency personnel have worked long, hard hours today to clear roadways and assist the public. As of 4:00 p.m. on October 29, there are 10,961 power outages (both Duke Energy and EnergyUnited customers), Gillispie said. He also said that roads have been cleared of trees and power lines but there are still trees and active power lines on the roadside, and encourages the public to exercise caution when driving, especially at night. Gillispie said to contact Alexander County Emergency Services at (828) 632-9336 to report damage to homes and businesses. If there is no answer, please leave a message.
From 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. today, Alexander County 911 Communications fielded 427 calls for 911 and non-emergency calls.
Gillispie expressed his appreciation to local emergency management, sheriff’s office, EMS, fire departments, first responders, and others who helped during and after the storm.