Utility Assessment

It may have been a day off for many students, state workers and others, but for many area residents it was a day of cleaning up, and with hundreds of residents still without power it was also a day of waiting.

One Killearn family is spending their day off together, but it's not much of a vacation. Picking up after Frances was an activity that branched out into many local neighborhoods.

The city has some guidelines when it comes to getting rid of the debris. Limbs can only be six feet long; stack them at four feet, and they can only have a diameter of four inches.

Clearing away branches takes on a different meaning for utilities crews. As of Tuesday afternoon 500 Tallahassee customers were still without power, and with them spread out all over the city it could take 24 to 36 hours to get power restored.

Weary and working 17 hour shifts, crews say they're doing their best.

Donnie Vickers, a working foreman with the City of Tallahassee, says, “It takes a special person to do this job. Just want to say thanks to those who have stopped by hollered at us for working and saying thanks for doing a good job.

Utilities crews say they expect more limbs to fall as the branches have been weakened by Tropical Storm Francis. Overall, the City of Tallahassee received 284 calls for trees or limbs causing problems.