Storms cause damage, power outages around the county

Remnants of Hurricane Issaac finally made their way through Northeast Mississippi this weekend and made an impression in the Union County area  Sunday evening.

The biggest mark the storms left was destruction of the large tree that covered the First United Methodist Church’s front lawn for several decades.

According to Bill Mattox, director of New Albany Light Gas & Water, a majority of customers who live on the east side of the Tallahatchie River within the city limits lost power around 9 p.m. due to the tree’s fall, as well as a tree that fell at the intersection of Poplar and Murrah Roads.

“This probably impacted over 2,000 customers,” Mattox said.   

Mattox said his department also saw concentrated outages in and around Highway 30 West, Keownville, Blue Springs, Hickory Flat and Blue Mountain, as well as other isolated outages in the service territory.  

In all, those outages impacted a few hundred customers, he said.  

 “We were able to bring in about 20 employees who began work shortly after 9:00 on Sunday evening and worked through the night,” Mattox said.  “Most of the power was restored between midnight and daybreak, with the remaining problems being cleared around noon on Monday.”