Storms down trees, cut electricity

Anthony Edgett (left) is ready to tote off debris as Rodney Brown uses a chainsaw to cut up a downed tree in Edgett’s yard on the 500 block of Third Street in central Grenada on Friday. Staff Photo / Galen Holley

Staff Writer

   Storms late Wednesday night and early Thursday caused hundreds of power outages in the Lake City and brought down trees both within the city and in the county.
   “We had 13 cases on Friday, with a storm that had an exceptional amount of electrical power,” said Entergy Grenada Area Supervisor Jim Lyles.
   About 1,850 customers had their power interrupted at some point, Lyles said.
   Most of those  interruptions were within the city, with a couple of incidences east of town, Lyles said.  
   The top of a huge tree fell across Mound Street near Spain’s Grocery, tearing down a power line and blocking the street for most of the morning.
   “Of the 13 cases, nine were tree related,” said Lyles.
   Friday city maintenance crews brought out chain saws and a portable, industrial grade chipper to clear Mound Street.
   Two blocks east, on Third Street, a large limb fell from the top of a tree in Anthony Edgett’s front yard, blocking his driveway. Luckily Edgett’s neighbor, Rodney Brown, had a chain saw and stepped in to help.
   “I’m just glad I have good neighbors that are willing to lend a hand,” said Edgett, as he and Brown sawed the limb and hauled off the debris.
   Lyles said that four of the 13 incidents were lightening related.

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