Some residents still without power, begin Isaac clean upPublished 12:01am Saturday, September 1, 2012
NATCHEZ — Tropical Storm Isaac is halfway up the country, but it caused enough damage earlier this week that approximately 1,650 people in Adams County still woke up without power this morning.
Entergy spokesman Tim Runnels said the power company had 34 broken poles and 11 transformers put out of service during the storm, but that the company worked to restore power to the largest remaining outage in Adams County, which was in the Montebello area, Friday.
Once that was restored, approximately 300 customers remained in the dark, Runnels said.
The remaining 300 disrupted customers are scattered throughout the county and are not concentrated in one area, he said.
The Entergy Mississippi Storm Center website said everyone capable of receiving electricity should have their power restored by Monday.
Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association Spokeswoman Azalea Knight said Friday evening 1,302 meters in Adams County were still without electricity, and that system-wide Southwest had a total of 5,235 meters out.
Those who are still without power can expect it to be restored sometime today or Sunday, Knight said.
“It is dangerous work, and sometimes it just takes a while to do the repairs,” she said. “We appreciate our members and their patience with the men who are doing the work.”
Adams County Road Manager Robbie Dollar said road crews had been able to clear all roads except for three locations where downed power lines prevented them from safely accessing the trees that were blocking the roads.
Now that the roads are clear, the road department will begin moving debris to a staging site where it can be properly disposed of, he said.
“We have had some contact with the public, and we had some people telling us what a good job we have done,” Dollar said.
“Everybody has held up, everybody has done a good job. I’m really proud of the road department.”
Natchez City Engineer David Gardner said residents should pile limbs and storm debris longer than 4 feet and wider than 2 inches in diameter separately from where they place their normal household waste.
The city will announce at a later date when it will pick up the limbs, he said.
“We want to do it on one sweep, not go on one street eight times; we want to do it all in one trip,” Gardner said.
Vidalia residents should pile all limbs and storm debris at the end of their driveway for pickup, Vidalia Street and Sanitation Superintendent Lee Staggs said.
“We have an ordinance that says all limbs should be bundled up, but in the condition that we’re in from the storm they can just pile them up,” Staggs said. “All the leaves should be bagged and put at the end of the driveway.”
Concordia Parish residents outside Vidalia city limits need to cut their limbs between 4 feet and 6 feet and place all leaves and excess debris in trash bags, Police Jury President Melvin Ferrington said.
“Diamond Disposal will pick up what they can, but whatever they don’t pick up, we will pick up starting on Monday,” Ferrington said. “People need to bag up their leaves if they want to get picked up.
“They can’t just leave a pile of leaves at the end of the driveway.”
Adams County Board of Supervisors President Darryl Grennell said the county has in the past removed storm debris that residents had collected, but he wouldn’t know if that same procedure would be followed this time until the next board of supervisors meeting Tuesday.
Adams County Civil Defense Director Stan Owens said after closing the Adams County emergency operations center Thursday evening, he went down to Wilkinson County to extend any help he could. Wilkinson and Franklin County both faced 100-percent power outages following the storm. Some power had been restored in those counties Friday, though outages were still widespread.
“We had been kind of loosely discussing opening a shelter to help, but they had only between one and two dozen people left in their shelter, and they anticipated some of those leaving Friday,” Owens said.