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Weather-related wreck cuts off water service

The Winter Storm of 2010 won't soon be forgotten. The reason: It dumped between three and six inches of snow in areas of McDuffie and Warren counties.

Even though the snow was enjoyed by children and adults, alike, it spelled serious woes for those who were called into action to scrape roads and bridges, repair water leaks and respond to emergency calls, several of which were for wrecks.

No serious injuries were reported because of the storm, according to authorities.

Hundreds of residents in Thomson and McDuffie County were affected by the outage of water or extremely low pressure when they awakened last Saturday morning.

The problem was a burst water hydrant that occurred when a vehicle struck it in a wreck on the Lincolnton Highway about 2 a.m. Crews with the City of Thomson Water Department made repairs and had water getting to customers again shortly after 10 a.m., according to Thomson City Administrator Don Powers. Those who experienced low water pressure saw normal water pressure by about 1 p.m.

Snow began falling in Thomson shortly after 2 p.m. last Friday. It continued to fall through the afternoon and into the late hours Friday. The snow stopped falling in the immediate area shortly after midnight. When daylight came, snow covered the two-county area, as well as many other counties throughout the state.

Troopers with the Georgia State Patrol post in Grovetown investigated dozens of wrecks in both McDuffie and Warren counties. They also worked accidents in three other counties in their territory -- Glascock, Columbia and Richmond.

Emergency medical services workers in McDuffie and Warren counties also stayed busy, helping those slightly injured from wrecks, as well as responding to other medical calls. The same was true of firefighters/first responders in both of those counties, as well as in the cities of Thomson and Warrenton.

Crews with the McDuffie County Roads and Bridges Department worked through the night Friday and all day Saturday to make county roads and bridges as safe for motorists as possible by using a combination of salt and gravel. A tractor, with a big blade attached, was used to scrap snow roadways.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews also spent long hours working to keep this areas roadways as safe as possible.

Web posted on Thursday, February 18, 2010

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