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Power Lines Down, Traffic Backups and Power Outages in Warren County

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Crews restore power to Warren County neighborhoods Crews restore power to Warren County neighborhoods
VICKSBURG, Miss. - "They were in the back of the building when the power went out, we just got them all together in our conference room and that was that," says Myria Pendleton with the Children's Learning Center of Vicksburg.  She says everyone was safely inside when this tree starting breaking apart in Monday's severe storm.

Nearly 24 hours later power is being restored to their daycare center, causing them to shut down for the day. "Most of them (parents) were understanding because they didn't have any power so they understand that it would be in the best interest for us not to have them there," says Pendleton.

With strong storms come falling trees toppling over on power lines. Warren County Emergency Management Director John Elfer says around 6:00 this morning, right outside of Vicksburg power lines fell across Interstate 20 West.

"That was as a result of a tree falling and had some phone line issues," says Elfer.
There were hours of standstill traffic in the middle of I-20 West, cars were back up for at least 10 miles while crews cleared the roadway. Next up, restoring power to downtown Vicksburg and parts of the county.

"Entergy and the other power companies that serve our community obviously have crews out there, it doesn't involve some tree removal and that's what the hand up is, is my understanding," says Elfer.

Elfer says no there were no reports of injuries within the county during Monday's storms.

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