April 30, 2014 10:51:47 AM
LAMAR COUNTY, Ala. -- One home was damaged and 12 roads are currently impassable after heavy rain and strong winds pounded Lamar County Monday and Tuesday nights.
A tree was uprooted and fell onto a house, but the owner was not home, Johnny Bigham, director of emergency management for the county, said. Close to 70 trees or large branches were blocking roads as of Monday might, particularly on County Road 49, north of Crossville, and along Highway 96, where most of the heavy rains and wind occurred, Bigham said. And though many have been cleared, 12 roads, mostly little-used dirt roads will take another two or three days to clear, Bigham said.
"We don't have any major thoroughfares or bus routes (among the roads currently impassable)," Bigham added. "Right now, we have six west of Vernon that are closed and the rest around Millport."
Volunteer fire firefighters from across the county were on standby Tuesday night.
Bigham said he was concerned about flooding after the storm system of April 27, 2011, washed out culverts in the county, but as of Tuesday evening he didn't think flooding would be a problem.
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