Will reopen Tuesday
Water damage shuts down DDS
by Sarah Fay Campbell
A roofing problem at an adjacent unit led to the flooding of the state Department of Driver's Services location in Newnan Friday.
The office, which issues driver's licenses and driver history reports, was closed Friday because of the water damage.
Crews from Five Star Renovations were working Friday to help repair the damage at the office on Bullsboro Drive.
Associate Coweta County Administrator Eddie Whitlock said representatives from the DDS told him they are hoping to be able to reopen Tuesday for regular hours, meaning the office would only be closed for one day of service. "It depends on how well they can get it dried out," Whitlock said.
The office is located in a unit of the Eastgate Shopping Center. Coweta County leases the space for the state-run offices.
Whitlock said that some roofing work was being done on the vacant unit just to the left of the DDS center. There were heavy rains Friday morning, and the rain came in through the roof of that unit — which formerly housed Belk — and migrated through the wall into the DDS center, Whitlock said.
Most of the electronic equipment used at the DDS center is on the right side of the building, and Whitlock said he didn't think there had been any damage done to the electronics.
Those needing driver’s license services should check at www.dds.ga.gov for updates on the reopening of the office.
Some DDS centers are open on Saturdays, but the Newnan center's regular operating hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.
Other nearby centers are in Carrollton, at 512 Old Newnan Road, Fayetteville at 278 McElroy Road, and LaGrange at 900 Dallis Street.
Also, all of the DDS Customer Service Centers will be closed next Saturday, Nov. 9, and will reopen on Tuesday, Nov. 12 after Veterans Day. The first business day following a closed day is typically a very busy day, so please plan accordingly, say DDS officials.
No walk-in road tests will be given on Tuesday, Nov. 12.