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Afternoon storms leave thousands without power

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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

July 23, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Several thousand homes in Albany and Dougherty County were without power much of the night. Tuesday evening's severe thunderstorms are blamed for most of those outages, but not all.

Albany Water Gas and Light Crews were called out to the 3000 block of Martin Luther King Drive where a truck crashed into a power pole around 5 p.m. during the height of heavy thunderstorms and rain. That crash caused the entire Southgate Subdivision to be blacked out for hours.

Water Gas and Light Officials say they estimate three thousand homes and businesses were without power, most in South Albany on Jefferson, Odom, and Cotton. Also in the Merry Acres area, on Summit and Lullwater. Crews are still working at this hour to restore the outages.

W,G& L crews worked well into the early morning hours to replace the damaged pole along Martin Luther Drive. It took them about 10 hours to restore power to the Southgate residents, about 250 total customers, that were left in the dark.

Downed trees and limbs were responisble for the majority of the outages. Power was almost completely resotred by 5.am. Friday.