Toppled Trees Take Down Power Lines

By Lindsey Connell - bio | e-mail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Residents are just getting their power back along 17th Street just down from Columbus High School after rains and winds caused a tree to fall into lines today.

The force of the tree falling also snapped one of the power poles.

That wasn't the only area affected by the weather.

Traffic lights were out along Veterans Parkway for a short time today. Columbus Police officers were directing traffic.

That's because of a massive tree, on 3rd Avenue near 10th Street, was blown over knocking out power to several homes and businesses and also portions of the Springer Opera House, Government Center, Fire Station 1, Public Safety Building, and even Georgia Power's business office on Veterans.

"We were able to isolate the problem down to a few people on 3rd Avenue but then we had to interrupt service to get those people back for a little bit later on in the day but everybody's back on now," said Robert Watkins with Georgia Power.

Columbus Police say the damage did not affect the 911 Call Center because emergency generators instantly kick in so dispatchers don't miss calls.

We're told only the administrative offices were without power for a short time but phones were still working.

Georgia Power officials say they will have crews on standby for tomorrow.