"We're doing the best we can, and it's getting better," Mayor Danny Jones said Tuesday morning. "The main roads are pretty clear. I'm driving on MacCorkle Avenue. That's a state road. But the side roads, it's pretty tough. Cars are getting stuck."
Taylor urged people to be patient.
"Our problem is we're trying to treat the roads, and there are lots of trees and power lines down. People are calling, trying to get service."
After the summer derecho and other windstorms, the city tried to improve communications with the power company, Taylor said.
"I have a direct line with a supervisor at the power company. We're on a first-name basis. I was getting ready to call him." The problem, he said, is the company has only a finite number of crews.
Carper said power crews wouldn't make a damage assessment until mid-week. Only then could they bring in the necessary equipment to make repairs.
"My advice to people is we're working on it. Settle down and be patient. If it's not an emergency, stay home," Taylor said. "Going out to the grocery store is not an emergency. You should have done did it already."
Staff writers Travis Crum and Zac Taylor contributed to this report.
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