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Storm updates: Fatalities, outages, etc.

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. TALBOT CO. CRASH: Allen Sims, son of Dale and Elaine Sims of Culloden, was killed in the storm related crash in Talbot County Monday night. He and a crew were raveling along Hwy. 36 when they encountered a storm-felled tree across the road. The driver swerved and Sims, who was a passenger in the heavy truck pulling a trailer with a tractor on it, was killed. PIKE CO. CRASH: A Griffin woman was killed in a one-car accident on Highway 19 (Georgia 3) at Deer Lake Road near Mt. Gilead Church in Pike County during Monday night’s storms. Maj. Doug Morris of the Pike County sheriff’s office said deputies arrived to find the car overturned in a ditch on the northbound side of the road. Five persons were in the vehicle, he said, but some had been ejected. Ginger Mae Randolph, 41, was pronounced deceased at the scene, said Morris. The other occupants had Hampton and Morrow addresses. Two people were taken to Spalding Regional in critical condition and were later transferred to Atlanta Medical Center. As of Tuesday morning they remained hospitalized, Morris said. Two more were taken to Upson Medical Center, treated for minor injuries and released. Morris said deputies were unable to determine how the wreck occurred because of darkness and rain conditions. The investigation is ongoing. SOUTHERN RIVERS UPDATE: SRE crews have been working through the night to restore power and have reduced the number of outages from roughly 8000 to about 4600. The majority of the outages are located in Lamar, Meriwether, Monroe, Pike and Spalding counties. Additional crews from Harper’s Tree Service, Snapping Shoals EMC in Covington and Sumter EMC in Americus joined our efforts early this morning. Plans are to continue working non-stop until power is completely restored as quickly and safely as possible. Phone lines are open at the office but members may still experience busy signals because of the volume of calls coming in. You can view the current outages on our live outage map and use the zoom at the top left of the page to view street names to make sure your area is represented. We appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation while our crews work diligently to restore power. -Erin Cook SRE also had a lineman hurt while cutting trees off power lines Monday night on Country Kitchen Road in Lamar County. A tree hit the man in the back and he was taken to an area hospital by ambulance. His injuries were minor and he is expected back at work later today. ’¢ There was considerable damage at the B-LC Recreation department off Gordon Road with a dugout destroyed and a light pole at one of the baseball field snapped in two. ’¢ Rainfall average 1-1.5 inches, according to reports. ’¢ Falling trees damaged a building and a kart trailer at Lamar County Speedway on Hwy. 36 W. ’¢ Swing sets and trampolines were targets of high winds. ’¢ A barn was blown down and a roof damaged in the Yatesville Road area, according to Brandie Messman Matthews. ’¢ Hardest hit areas in Lamar were Country Kitchen and McKenzie roads and Hwy. 36 W., according to James Rigdon of Lamar Public Works. ’¢ Trees were down throughout Barnesville and power lines were hit hard along Spencer Street and Florida Avenue. ’¢ Lamar County Primary School was open Tuesday morning but had no power. Power to the campus was restored at 11:30 a.m.

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