Fallen trees cause power outages in Pee Dee

Fallen trees cause power outages in Pee Dee

BENNETTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) - Pine street in Bennettsville was hit hard from the impacts of this ice storm after a tree fell to the ground Friday afternoon. The large tree completely took over the street, it fell to the ground and took out the power lines knocking out power for people nearby.

Carolyn Hodges lives along Pine Street and was inside her home when the tree came crashing down. She said, "My whole front yard just lit up like a Christmas tree had exploded. Matter of fact, the whole house lit up. I just didn't know what was going on."

Neighbors called 911 around 2 p.m. and city crews were chopping down branches trying to clear the road. Lorena Pate, SCDOT Assistant Maintenance Engineer for District 5 says the ice weighs down the power lines and the trees. She says the more wet the ground is, the more problems there are.

"Some of these areas where we've had so much flooding. There just hasn't been a chance for some parts where the flood waters got these grounds so saturated," said Pate.

A Bennettsville supervisor working on the streets says crews were responding to calls all throughout the day, but the one off Pine Street is by far the most damage they've seen.

Hodges says, "People in the neighborhood have to go all the way around the block to get in and get out and then you got wires down, you don't know if their hot or if the power has been cut off, you just don't know in a situation like this."

"So people just really need to be careful out there. When it gets dark it's hard to tell when a tree has come across the road until sometimes your on it," said Pate.

If you see a fallen tree, call highway patrol or your local maintenance office so workers can quickly respond. The crew will work all night until the tree is cleared from the road.

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