Monday night's storms wreaked havoc across Lamar and surrounding counties. A local man was killed in a crash in Talbot County while a Griffin woman died in a Pike wreck.
Many are still without power and a Southern Rivers lineman was injured while restoring power.
SRE EVENING UPDATE:
Crews are still working, with additional help to restore power to the remaining 1835 members without power this afternoon.
5:15 p.m.., Tuesday, March 19: SRE crews have been working non-stop throughout the night and additional crews from Harper's Tree Service, Snapping Shoals EMC, Sumter EMC and Walton EMC joined our restoration efforts and have been working hard all day.
We are making progress and the number of outages has been reduced from around 8000 at the peak of the outage to over 1800. Everyone is working diligently to get power restored as quickly and safely as possible. The phone lines are open but due to the volume of calls coming in, members may still experience some busy signals.
Damage at Lamar County Speedway on Hwy. 36W. (Photo: Walter Geiger)