No major problems caused locally by storm

Published 6:00 pm Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Winds and rain caused by Tropical Storm Lee caused a little moredamage in Lincoln County than power outages and high water,officials said.

As of Tuesday morning Hog Chain Drive, Junction Lane and McCulloughRoad still have standing water on them, said District ThreeSupervisor Nolan Williamson.

Water levels have fallen significantly since Monday night when 12to 15 roads were out due to high waters, said Brookhaven-LincolnCounty Civil Defense Director Clifford Galey.

Williamson said he expects the water still on roads will continueto recede quickly.

Galey was unaware of any comparable levels of standing water onroads within Brookhaven. Likewise, Galey said to his knowledge nostructures suffered storm related damage.

Through the storm period, Galey said 10 inches of rainfall wererecorded at the Civil Defense Office and reported winds gusts of upto 35 miles per hour.

Galey said he had received reports of around 12 inches of rainfallelsewhere in the county. Williams said District Three receivedapproximately 15 inches.

Franklin County Civil Defense Director Mark Thornton recorded lesswater than Galey but higher winds.

“I got four inches in my gauge,” Thornton said. “We probably got upto 45 mile per hour winds a few times.”

Thornton said only a few trees were downed by the winds and he hasreceived no reports of damage to homes or businesses.

Throughout the storm period, Entergy had a peak of 1,400 customerswithout power, said Kenny Goza, an Entergy representative.

“We had a few broke poles, but more wire down than anything else,”Goza said.

All Entergy customers had power restored by 7 p.m. Monday.

Magnolia Electric had a total of 9,000 outages during the storm,with a peak of 2,100 on Monday morning, said Lucy Shell, MagnoliaElectric Members Services Director.

Of the 2,100 Monday morning outages, 1,800 were connected to theGillsburg substation, which was disabled after a lightingstrike.

“In Lincoln County, most of our trouble was in West Lincoln and theBogue Chitto area,” Shell said.

Magnolia suffered eight broken poles across its coveragearea.

All Magnolia customers were restored to power by Monday evening,according to Shell.

The Southwest Electric Power Association had 11,000 outages fromSaturday to Monday, said Public Relations Director AzaleaKnight.

Power lines downed by fallen branches and trees primarily causedthe outages, Knight stated. There were no broken poles in theLincoln County area.

Knight said the number of outages was average.

“That’s the nature of business, ” Knight said. “We know when astorm comes, we go to work.”