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Downed power line snarls traffic; Another Arctic blast grips the county

Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:30 am

Members from DREMC removed and secured a downed power line pole (left) that forced the closure of state Route 55 between Woodard’s Market and Elm Street on Tuesday. High winds that brought another round of Arctic air into the region snapped the pole, which belonged to TVA. The road was shut down for nearly three hours. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

Members from DREMC removed and secured a downed power line pole (left) that forced the closure of state Route 55 between Woodard’s Market and Elm Street on Tuesday. High winds that brought another round of Arctic air into the region snapped the pole, which belonged to TVA. The road was shut down for nearly three hours. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

While the dropping temperatures and another round of Arctic air was prevalent mid-week — temperatures were expected to stay below freezing until a slight warm-up on Friday — it was wind that wreaked the most havoc in Lynchburg on Tuesday.

High winds with occasional surges — the same winds that helped shove the cold air southward from the Arctic — toppled a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) power line pole along state Route 55 just before noon on Tuesday. The downed pole fell onto a Duck River Electric (DREMC) line and also forced traffic to be rerouted off of Route 55 for nearly three hours. The highway was closed between state Route 50 at Woodard’s Market and Elm Street.

“We opened the road back up and then we went back down and held traffic until (TVA) got their pole set and got their line back up,” said Moore County Sheriff Mark Logan. “After Duck River got it stabilized we were able to open the road back up. Thank goodness Duck River was there to get it stabilized. We are fortunate that we have another route around there.”

According to Logan, that’s the second time this month that his department has been called to divert traffic due to downed power lines. Earlier this month high winds caused broken tree limbs to bring down lines on state Route 82.

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