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Fallen tree causes power outage, detour

March 4, 2008

Lee County -- A tree that fell across power lines has interrupted power for many residences and businesses in Southern Lee County, and re-routed traffic near the intersection of Kinchafoonee Creek Road and U.S. 19.

That knocked out power to 800 people and set the stage for traffic mayhem.

Lights were out all a long U.S. 19 South, from Cedric Drive to Ledo Road. Deputies struggled set up barricades to re-route traffic to Old Leesburg Road. But it wasn't long before that road was saturated with cars.  

"All of the sudden the tree went to falling. We saw electrical shocks coming from the wires. The whole line fell across the whole road there," a witness told us.  

The traffic light at Philema Road and Jefferson was also out. Emergency crews cleared the tree from the busy highway, and Georgia Power crews repaired the line. Traffic finally got back to normal about 6:00.

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