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Last night’s storms “hard and fast,” said fire chief

Localized damage reported in South Main Street area


Flooding at Arrowhead Country Club off Camp Road.

The bridge is usually five feet above the water.


         Storms that rolled through Pickens early evening on Wednesday, June 1 were “hard and fast,” according to Jasper Fire Chief Steve Roper, and produced localized damage, downing trees and power lines in one area of Jasper.


          “It was here and gone in less than 30 minutes,” Roper said.


         Numerous trees and power lines were downed on South Main Street from just south of Sellers Street to Camp Road. The department received one call regarding a tree on fire.

        “There were several lightening strikes but we had no issues with that,” Roper said. “We also worked a kitchen fire at Waffle House during that time but it was unrelated.”

        Power outages were reported in the area. Throughout Amicalola EMC's 10 county service area there were 11 outages affecting 370 meters. In Pickens County, there were seven outages affecting 296 meters in the following areas:  Grandview, Bent Tree, Hill City, Twin Mountain Lakes, Camp Road, Jones Mountain Road, and Sandy Bottom. Downed trees and lightning caused the outages. According to AEMC all power was restored by 1:00 a.m. with one exception. Some residents in that area reported outages until 6:30 a.m. or later.

           The fire chief said while it’s unconfirmed, he suspects localized straight line winds caused the damage in that area on South Main.

           Pickens County's Assistant Deputy EMA Director Rodney Buckingham reported several trees down and minor flooding in the Refuge Road and South Main Street area as well.

         Hail and flooding was reported at Arrowhead Country Club off Camp Road near Pickens County Middle School. Keith Ray lives near the golf course and recorded 3.05 inches of rain in 98 minutes. He recorded a total of 3.1 inches of rain last night. The Arrowhead Country Club rain gauge recorded 3.75 inches of rain.