Deputies make presence known during storm disaster clean-up
by Shaka S. Lias
May 03, 2011 | 3617 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Saturday more than 100 trucks were dispatched to the community of Crowe Springs to restore power. The area was blocked off as crews began repairs and installations of new power poles.
SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Saturday more than 100 trucks were dispatched to the community of Crowe Springs to restore power. The area was blocked off as crews began repairs and installations of new power poles. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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Since Wednesday's tornado touched down in Bartow County, deputies with the Bartow County Sheriff's Office have been busy assisting victims throughout the county.

According to Sheriff Clark Millsap, there havebeen no problems with looting or anything else criminal. To his knowledge no arrests have been made pertaining to the storms.

"People are respecting these folks as they try to rebuild," he said.

Millsap said they will not tolerate any type of trespassing or bothering residents.

"We've mainly been a security force, helping those trapped in homes," he said.

Since Wednesday, deputies worked to help control traffic, prevent trespassing, rubber-necking and looters.

"We basically kept traffic out so that Georgia Power could do what they had to do," Millsap said.

Now that power has been restored throughout the county, Millsap said they are still assisting with security around the clock.

They are making sure storm victims have privacy and time to recover and get the items they need.

"We've just been a security force and trying to keep the peace," he said.

Meanwhile Cartersville Police Chief Thomas Culpepper said his department hasn't done anything to assist since the storms. Culpepper said no damages were suffered within city limits and he hasn't been asked to assist, but if they are needed they will assist. However, the CPD did loan equipment such as cones and electric bulletins to Grace Baptist Church, the donation site.

Millsap said the hardest hit areas in the county were the Crowe Springs and Cedar Creek Road areas. That's where deputies have been needed the most and have rotated schedules to have someone there at all times.

Millsap said his thoughts and prayers go to the victims and he's thankful for all the volunteers and companies that sent food, water and supplies.

"It's a great thing that our community can come together at a time like this when economic times are bad," Millsap said. "It makes me proud to be sheriff of this county."