Storms cause some problems for area

Published 5:00 am Monday, August 13, 2001

Downed trees and power lines after Friday night’s and Saturday’sstorms continued to plague local officials into last night andpossibly into Sunday.

“We’re under a flash flood warning until 4 a.m.,” said LawrenceCounty Sheriff’s Office Dispatcher Tom Fowler Saturday night.

Fowler reported several Monticello streets were closed becauseof flooding and power fluctuations in the town and county. Manyhomes and businesses were without power for varied periods of timeand the sheriff’s office was also without power earlier Saturday,he said.

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In Brookhaven, the damage was the same. Firefighters reportedthe damage was primarily contained to the downtown area and on theeast side, but they responding to numerous calls of downed powerlines throughout the city.

Brookhaven Police Department Investigator Capt. Bobby Bell saidportions of Washington, Turner and Rogers Streets were closed dueto flooding and downed trees had closed off portions of Washington,Rogers, Court, Wood and Chickasaw Streets. Several trees had alsofallen in Rose Hill Cemetery, he said.

“We’re hoping to have (the damage) cleared up by Monday,” Bellsaid Saturday night. “If it takes working tomorrow, we’ll be outthere tomorrow.”

Damage in Wesson was light, according to Wesson Police OfficerFrank Coker.

“We had a light pole possibly struck by lightning, but they’refixing it now,” he said.

Reports from the Mississippi Highway Patrol were unavailable.Their telephone lines were knocked down by the storm and calls werebeing rerouted to the Jackson office.