Massive Georgia DOT Storm Clean Up Nearing Completion

TIFTON – Albany Area Assistant Maintenance Engineer Jerry Smith knew the black clouds he saw rolling across state Route 133 on Jan. 22 were a bad sign. His first thought was “here we go again.” Georgia Department of Transportation maintenance employees were still collecting debris left behind by Jan. 2 severe storms and now a tornado had been reported in Albany. “I knew it was going to be horrible, but I didn’t realize how bad it was going to be until I got to Mock Road. The store was demolished and all the traffic signals were gone,” Smith said. “That’s when I started calling people in. This was definitely an all-hands-on-deck situation. We worked through the night clearing roads. And when I say ‘clearing,’ I’m talking about making it passable. Our first goal is to get traffic moving down the road safely. We can always come back and clean up.”

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