Heavy winds that hit Wednesday afternoon toppled trees in much of the county, but nearly all of the debris was cleaned up in the early evening.
At about 6:45 p.m., county workers at Smithwick Bridge Road said that a tree that fell on the bridge over the Ochlockonee River was the last one to be cleaned up.
“When that wind got up, with this rain, it’s taking the trees down,” said Charles Weathers, superintendent of Colquitt County Roads and Bridges Department said shortly before 5 p.m. “It’s basically everywhere.”
At that time there had been reports of 16 trees down across roadways, some of which had fallen on power lines. Radio traffic after that time indicated that there were an additional half-dozen or more trees reported down.
A tree that fell on West Boulevard in Moultrie took down power lines near Vereen School.
“They’re still finding them,” Weathers said of the area outside Moultrie. “We’re trying to pull in some extra equipment from the landfill and a few other places to help out.”
Weathers said that after all the trees are removed county workers will be on call to deal with any other problems.
Despite the extensive rainfall, no roads were closed as of Wednesday afternoon.
“We don’t have any major washouts,” Weathers said.
The county got a short dry spell recently that helped the soil dry out somewhat before this rain event, said Colquitt County Emergency Management Director Russell Moody.
“I think it’s rained every week this year with the exception of last week and, I think, the third week of January,” he said.
The Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network station at Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition had recorded rainfall on 42 days during 2014 through Tuesday, accounting for 21.53 inches of precipitation at that location.
The heaviest rains recorded there were 2.69 inches on April 18 and 2.46 inches on April 7. Tuesday’s precipitation at Spence Field totaled 0.64 inches.