Columbus city crews begin clean-up efforts following storm

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Now that Monday's storm is over, clean-up has begun.
Crews plan to work throughout the day and night to clear up downed power lines and trees scattered all around the Chattahoochee Valley.
Almost immediately, crews were sent to assess the neighborhood damage. The area reported having the most severe damage in South Columbus were along St. Mary's Road, Wickham Road, and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Columbus, to name a few.
Drivers were recommended to stay off the roads in the Southside of town following the storm on Monday.
Although crews are out continuously working, there still remain a significant amount of downed power lines and trees, and hundreds reportedly without power.
“It’s kind of is really terrible without any power or anything. Can’t watch TV, listen to the radio or anything like that. I mean, we’re able to since we have the car we’re able to charge our cell phone,” said Columbus resident, James Shinn.
James saying he had never experienced a storm like this one.
“I mean I been through heavy rain, thunder, and lightning, but never anything of this magnitude. People didn’t expect it to happen that way, but you never know what Mother Nature has planned, what the weather is going to be like from one day to the next.”
Public Works officials have crews working throughout the night to make sure as many streets as possible are clear and passable by morning time.
Crews have also been working to replace the many streetlights around town that were damaged.

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