Some Lookout Mountain residents still in the dark
LOOKOUT MOUTAIN, GA. (WRCB) -- Parts of north Georgia are still cleaning up from Saturday's severe thunderstorms.
Monday morning, more than a thousand North Georgia homes and businesses were waiting on the power to be restored. They could still wait another night.
Winds topping 75 mph tossed one Lookout Mountain family's roof into the neighbor's yard. Thankfully no one was hurt, but the homeowner got quite a scare after seeing the 'black wall' of the storm move up the mountain before it hit.
"Rain was pouring in the house," says Lori Duncan. "My husband said it was surreal to him, insulation was blowing everywhere."
Lori Duncan wasn't home Saturday when straight line winds ripped her house apart. She says the entire drive home she couldn't stop worrying about her husband.
"I wasn't satisfied until I actually saw him," says Duncan. "Even though I was talking to him the whole way."
Duncan saw for herself that her husband was fine when she finally arrived home, but their house of six years is another story.
"The roof is across the street in our neighbor's yard," she says. Monday a blue tarp covers what used to be the second floor of the Duncan's house. Their upper deck collapsed on top of the one below.
"We've been here six years and have never seen weather like this," Duncan says.
The family just missed it seven weeks ago when tornado mayhem struck the Tennessee Valley. Like many of her neighbors the words 'rain' and 'thunderstorm' immediately trigger anxiety and stress these days.
"It absolutely blew everything from down the mountain up the mountain," says Elda Floyd. After a day and half of waiting, Floyd's power finally came back on Monday morning.
"I have trees down," the widow says. "I had some super friends come help me Sunday." From her front yard, Floyd watches as power crews cut trees and repair poles all day Monday.
Thanks to good insurance Lori Duncan hopes to start reconstructing her roof this week. She says what really matters is no one was hurt.
"It's just a house," she says. "It's wood, brick and mortar and it can be replaced."
North Georgia EMC has 42 crews including out of state contractors working in Catoosa, Walker, Whitfield and Murray counties Monday. The challenge, as with the April storms, are broken poles and downed lines. Again, it could be Tuesday before all customers are completely restored.