Martin said it was too early to comment on county residents missing or being injured. However, Lamar County did experience “lots and lots of widespread damage” as a result of the storm, she said.
Southern Rivers Energy (SRE) reported on its Web site early Thursday afternoon that approximately 1,200 of its members in Lamar County were without power.
“After evaluating the devastation to homes and SRE’s system throughout Barnesville, it will likely be Saturday before all members in Lamar County are completely restored,” the company announced.
Asked about road conditions in Lamar County, Martin said almost all of the county’s roads were open again by Thursday afternoon.
Pike County, meanwhile, experienced hardly any damage and no fatalities as a result of the storm, according to County Manager Bill Sawyer.
“We are very lucky. We are very fortunate. Our damage has been minimal,” Sawyer said, adding that members of the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, Pike County Fire Department, Pike County Public Works Department and Pike County first responders spent most of their time assisting Spalding, Lamar and Meriwether counties.
Sawyer said Pike County did not have substantial power outages and did not have any road closings.