Workers with the City of Selma Public Works department clear a tree that fell into the road, blocking the intersection of Mabry Street and Parkman Avenue. Storms caused damage to trees and property around the area on Wednesday and Thursday. -- Taylor Holland

Electricity restored after outage

Published 11:53pm Friday, July 6, 2012

Although the damage reported from thunderstorms on both Wednesday and Thursday night was minimal, fallen trees and downed power lines did leave many in the area without power for portions of both days.

As of noon on Friday, however, Alabama Power public information representative Mike Jordan said power had been restored to all of the company’s customers in Selma and surrounding areas.

“Alabama Power personnel got the lights on pretty quickly,” Jordan said of the company’s response to the back-to-back nights of strong thunderstorms.

At the storm’s peak on the Fourth of July, Jordan said as many as 3,500 Alabama Power customers were without power. Strong winds attributed to much of the power loss, as many trees throughout the Selma area, including large oak trees on Hooper Drive, Mallory Drive and Atkins Avenue, were blown down in the storm.

Damage was done to the Selma Country Club as well, as shingles and siding were blown off the clubhouse and an estimated five trees fell onto the course itself.

The following evening, another strong storm system moved into Selma and surrounding areas, producing quarter-sized hail and strong gusts of wind. Various news outlets across the state reported that as many as 8,200 Alabama Power customers statewide were without power following the storm, more than half of which resided in east Alabama.

Of that number, Jordan said more than 3,000 customers without power hailed from Selma.

Employees of Alabama Power and the City of Selma Public Works worked much of Friday to repair power lines and remove debris from the storms.

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