Stormy, stormy night…but very little damage

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 7, 2004

Harold Whatley of 209 Pecan Blvd. uses a tape measure to figure the size of the tree that fell in his yard this morning. (Brian LodenThe Vicksburg Post)

[12/7/04]A stormy night resulted in isolated damage in Vicksburg and Warren County Monday and early today.

“It scared the daylights out of me,” said Harold Whatley, 209 Pecan Blvd., of the tree that fell just outside his bedroom in Openwood Plantation subdivision.

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Billy Riddle of the Warren County Emergency Management Office said one unconfirmed report was received of a roof ripped from a mobile home on Pecanwood Drive in the Eagle Lake community. He said that report came from the Vicksburg Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

“We were lucky,” he said.

Entergy reported power outages concentrated in the south part of Warren County and near Port Gibson, said spokesman Cheryl Comans.

She estimated fewer than 1,000 customers were without electricity at the peak, and all but about 400 had been restored by about 5:30 this morning.

Reports of power outages started about 12:50 a.m., the time Riddle said the storm moved through downtown Vicksburg.

Riddle said eight trees were reported down in the county, mostly in the Yokena, Jeff Davis and the Fisher Ferry Road area. He said there was also a report of a tree down in the Blakely Subdivision off U.S. 61 North and one near Baldwin Ferry Road and Court Street inside the city.

A small amount of flooding was reported at Blakely and on Sky Farm Avenue, he said.

Warren County Road Manager Richard Winans said county employees had to clear a mudslide on Redwood Road and were working on downed trees today.

Walter Bliss of the Vicksburg Street Department said a crew had to clear mud and silt from North Washington Street near the Klondyke, on Sky Farm Avenue and on Klein Street.

There was also a report of a tree down at Oakland Baptist Church on Oak Ridge Road.

The storm added 2.15 inches of rainfall to the local total, bringing the year-to-date total to 76.84 inches compared to the normal of 47.49 inches.