Effingham was getting back to normal Tuesday, with the estimated 25 percent of people who left during the voluntary evacuation heading home and schools set to resume regular schedules on Thursday.
“I think we did dodge a bullet,” said Clint Hodges, Effingham Emergency Management Agency director. There was substantially less damage in Effingham County during the remnants of Hurricane Irma than during Hurricane Matthew, he said.
A church in Clyo had some roof damage and a house on High Bluff Road suffered serious damage from trees. A handful of other houses had damage from trees.
He said he knows of no mobile homes that were damaged from the high winds. The highest sustained winds in Effingham were 42 mph and the highest gust was 57 mph.
A few roads were blocked by downed trees and power lines, but they were clear by Tuesday, he said.
At the height of the storm, 14,000 households in Effingham were without power and by Tuesday, that’s down to about 4,000.
Most should have power again by Wednesday afternoon, he said.
Stores were reopening Tuesday and county and city governments were making decisions about when to reopen.
Five churches in the area opened shelters Sunday night. Hodges said they had from a handful to a couple of dozen people stay at each of them.
A mobile food truck was headed to the Clyo fire station on Ga. 119 Tuesday evening to deliver hot food to the residents who are still without power.