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Bryan County open to returnees at 7 a.m. Sunday
A fallen tree on power lines outside The Ford Plantation Saturday afternoon. - photo by Ted O'Neil

Bryan County Emergency Services Chief Freddy Howell has announced that all access to Bryan County, including the cities of Pembroke and Richmond Hill, will be open to those who evacuated beginning at 7 a.m. Sunday.

"If you choose to come back, you may or may not have utilities and you may or may not be able to access your subdivision or house due to flooding or downed power lines," Howell said. 

For those who return and cannot get to their houses or do not have electricity, a shelter will be established at First Baptist Church in Richmond Hill. 

Crews continued to clear fallen trees Saturday to give power companies access to downed lines, and that work is expected to continue for several days. As of 7 p.m. Saturday, about 6,500 customers countywide were still without service.

Bryan County Schools has cancelled classes for Monday and Tuesday. County Administrator Ben Taylor said trash pickup is suspended at the moment, but that could change by Monday. Richmond Hill Assistant City Manager Scott Allison said trash pickup that was suspended Thursday and Friday will be picked up this coming week on residents' regular days as of now. 

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