ATLANTA — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an executive order Saturday declaring a state of emergency due to the aftermath of Hurricane Zeta.
After the the storm’s damaging winds of up to 50 miles per hour, the city reported a record high of 357 downed trees as of October 31. Of the 357 trees, 60 trees involving power lines have been confirmed. This number is projected to increase.
The executive order mobilizes additional employees and city resources to assist in recovery efforts. Due to the severity of the storm, and in addition to 15 City crews working 10-hour shifts, the city will engage additional contracted crews starting early next week to assist power companies in the restoration of residential and commercial utilities. Priority areas include main transportation corridors for public safety and health care facilities.
Additionally, the Order directs ATL 311 to open Oct. 31 until 5 p.m. After 5 p.m., residents may report downed trees by contacting 911.
The city is encouraging residents to report any indications of downed power lines directly to Georgia Power to ensure all occurrences are recorded and resolved.