Severe weather knocks out power in Selmont

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 28, 2008

Selma Times-Journal

About 300 hundred people remained without power in the Selmont area until early Sunday morning.

High winds blew limbs down and uprooted trees late Saturday afternoon, and severe storms left areas of Dallas County in the dark.

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The storms also tore down power lines and trees, causing at least temporary blackouts at numerous places throughout Selma.

Church Street United Methodist’s door blew open and set off an alarm.

A large limb fell on a main power lines near a home on Old Montgomery Highway.

“A stiff wind blew through and I heard a pop,” said homeowner Cathie Martin.

Martin was one of several residents in Selmont that was in the dark for hours after a blackout in the area.

The National Weather Service issued an advisory for a nine-mile long line of storms moving into east Dallas County. The storms were expected to have winds up to 50 miles per hour. The area felt the effects before the 7:55 p.m. alert.

Trees fell down from Valley Grande to Old Montgomery Highway. Reports indicated windows blown out for at least one residence on Water Avenue.

A downed power line caused a small brush fire in the 5000 block of Alabama Highway 22.

Just after the warning was announced, multiple power lines were reported down at Bloch Park. Within an hour, power was back up in the area.

Signal lights went dark from the Edmund Pettus Bridge to the intersection of Old Montgomery Highway and Alabama Highway 41. Drivers directed themselves through the vicinity.

Fire fighters, Selma Police, and Dallas County Sheriff’s officers responded to calls around the city and county.

Steadily, workers fixed power lines and removed fallen trees.