Rain’s rough return

Published 9:36 am Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A pair of storm cells passed through Vicksburg and Warren County Monday afternoon, dropping more than an inch of rain and spawning high winds that knocked out power to several areas before moving east.

The storms, which hit about noon Monday, dropped 1.6 inches of rain on the area, according to information from the city’s water treatment plant. They were also responsible for knocking over trees and blowing down limbs and branches.

“We had a tree on a home on Hartley Road and a tree on a vehicle on Hankinson Road,” Warren County Emergency Management director John Elfer said

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Freda Parker, who lives in the home, declined to comment on the incident except to say “it was a terrible experience” when the tree fell on the rear of the structure, adding, “I was trapped.”

She credited her neighbors, Shane Acuff, Beaux Stokes, Tammy Stokes and Amy Peebles with helping her out.

“They saved my life,” she said.

Acuff and Stokes said they were sitting in Stokes’ home when they heard a noise outside.

“I told Shane, ‘That sounded like lightning,’ but Shane said, ‘That’s a tree,’” Stokes said.

When the two men looked outside, they saw the tree on the home and ran to help Parker.

They said she told them she had been lying on her bed watching television, when she got up to go to the kitchen. Soon after she went into the kitchen, she told them, the tree fell on the bedroom.

“She said she didn’t know why she got up to go to the kitchen,” Acuff said. “She was lucky. If she had been in there, she would have been killed. The man upstairs was watching out for her.”

Elfer said emergency officials also received scattered reports of trees and limbs down across the county and power lines down on Bovina Cutoff Road.

“We had a report of pea-size hail on (Mississippi) Highway 3. We also had reports of 60 mph winds in the Highway 3 area,” he said.

City officials reported no problems in Vicksburg.

Entergy spokesperson Tammy Rankin said the power outages were caused by trees and limbs on the lines and some broken poles.

Locally, she said 517 people were still without power about 5:45 p.m. Monday.

As of Tuesday morning, she said, power had been restored to all but three customers.

Rankin said most of the outages were scattered across the county, with two large outages reported on Warrenton Road and in the Openwood Subdivision area off Oak Ridge Road.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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