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Winds and rain rip through Dougherty/Lee County

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September 6, 2004

Dougherty County - The high winds and rain are causing widespread problems in Lee and Dougherty County. One call after another, crews are responding to downed trees and power lines and street flooding.

Rushing water poured into a drainage basin on Pierce Street in front of Dougherty County High School. The clogged basin caused water to wash-out the street. As soon as the basin was excavated, the street cleared up. The crew rushed out to another call. "We gone to at least 15 or 20 calls, it's going to be a long night," said Chris Dollar, Albany Public Works.

Less than a block away, a huge tree fell onto a power line. A utility pole was leaning over Satilla Street causing a traffic danger. Firefighters blocked the street until utility crews could repair the line.

Earlier in the night, a 100 year-old oak tree on 7th Avenue in Albany snapped and crashed into a house. "We heard this loud crash and ran outside to see the tree on the woman's house," said neighbor Brett Sheffield. "We ran out here to see if she was o-kay." The homeowner was fine, but shaken up.

There was similar problem in Lee County. A small pine tree tumbled in high winds and fell onto a Stapleton Road house. No one was at home, and the tree caused only minor damage to the house.

Posted at 10:25PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com