Storms cause downed trees, power lines

benw@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 10, 2014 

A thunderstorm in the Chattahoochee Valley Wednesday afternoon left downed trees, limbs and some power lines in Columbus and Phenix City.

Debris was cleared from the roads and right-of-way in time for the Thursday morning traffic, officials said. Georgia Power Co. restored power to about 40 homes in Green Island Hills after heavy winds and rain knocked down trees and power lines.

Pat Biegler, director the Public Works in Columbus, said crews were called to clear two tree limbs on Somerset in Oakland Park, and four trees were down along Primrose Road and Savannah Drive in Midtown, and Roaring Branch, Standing Boy and Waterford roads in Green Island Hills.

A big tree fell on a Georgia Power pole, knocking out power to some homes in the Green Island neighborhood. "This is not a lot," Biegler said of the tree damage. "Every time we get a rainstorm, we get a few to come down."

In Phenix City, finance director Steve Smith said the hardest hit areas were in the north part of town off Auburn Road.

"The north end of Phenix City got it a little worse than other parts of town," he said. "That is where we had most of the calls."

There were two or three areas with scattered trees and limbs down on the right-of-way. "I've got limbs down in my back yard off Auburn Road," Smith said. "It was pretty fierce up there."

Tree limbs that fell in the streets were removed early in the morning, he said.

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