Ferocious spring storm

April 18, 2013

A ferocious spring storm that struck the Walhalla area caused people to seek cover and kept emergency crews on to go from Walhalla to West Union. During a two-hour period late yesterday afternoon, U-S Weather Observer Barbara Wilson recorded more than two inches of rain in Walhalla. Around 4:15, a tree fell onto a car on West Union’s E. Main Street requiring medical attention for at least one person inside the vehicle. Utility companies were called to deal with downed lines at that location. Shortly afterward, a tree fell on Walhalla’s W. Main Street. And Oconee County Dispatch reported trees down in other locations. Just before the sky went dark and the rain began, a backhoe at work on a bridge project near Walhalla overturned in a creek—west of Walhalla on Busk Creek Road near Lake Jemiki. No injuries reported. According to county officials, a small amount of fuel leaked into the creek.

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