Originally created 03/20/01

Wind, rain cause some damage



High winds and rain damaged traffic signals and downed trees in Columbia County this morning.

According to Pam Tucker, director of the Columbia County Emergency Management Agency, traffic lights were left dangling at Wheeler Road, Flowing Wells Road, Ronald Reagan Drive, Washington Road, Horizon South and Wrightsboro Road.

Because of ground saturation from the rain, trees were uprooted by wind at The Pass. There were also reports of power surges in the Grovetown area, Mrs. Tucker said. However, there were no reports of flooding in the county as of 9:45 a.m.

The storm caused a few power outages around Richmond County, said David Dlugolenski, director of the county's Emergency Management Agency.

There were no reports of flooding in residential areas as of 11:30 a.m., Mr. Dlugloenski said.

He said officials would continue to monitor flood-prone areas in Richmond County, such as neighborhoods along Rae's Creek.

Forecasts from the National Weather Service call for winds Between 15 and 25 mph with higher gusts in the area today. Temperatures were expected to stay near 40 degrees.