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Heavy rain dumped on Americus

September 27, 2004

Americus - About four inches of rain fell in Americus Monday. The rain and winds downed dozens of trees and knocked out power to hundreds of people in Sumter County.

Rain started pouring down in Sumter County long before day break. "Of course we were asleep," said Meda Krenson. Krenson got a scary wake-up call around 4:00AM. "We then heard this big crash that shook the house." She looked outside her South Lee Street home and saw what has become a common site this month. A 100 year-old oak tree uprooted and thrown into her front porch by the strong winds.

"It knocked a column off its base and broke the beam that's holding up the porch," said Krenson. The tree was literally standing in the way of Eddie Krenson and Joseph Cornwell's plan for their third storm related day off of school this year. "We would normally play with our friends outside but as you can see, we can't even get out of the yard," said Cornwell.

A huge branch fell onto power lines at the intersection of Highway 30 and 153 in western Sumter County, knocking out power to a few nearby homes.

"We've had trees down about every 15 minutes," said Sumter County Sheriff Bob Ingle.

Crews worked to repair more downed lines on Patton Drive, a neighborhood covered with downed limbs and debris. "I think it comes from the ground being so saturated from the three previous hurricanes, and now this one on top of it," Sheriff Ingle said.

Many homeowners on South Lee Street have piles of tree limbs in front of their homes left over from Hurricane Ivan. Now, those piles are backing up water into the streets. However despite several inches of rain in just a few hours, there was no major street or creek flooding in Americus. That's good news for a town that knows the potential wrath of tropical storms.

Posted at 4:02PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com