Georgia Power Confirms 4,000 Without Power
A downed tree caused havoc with the power grid, causing a massive blackout in Canton.
EDIT (12:35 a.m.): According to Georgia Power's website, service will be restored in River Green before 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.
UPDATE (12:30 a.m., Tuesday): Power has gone out in the River Green subdivision. The lights went out shortly after midnight Tuesday. Georgia Power has informed affected customers that service will be restored by 6:15 a.m.
ORIGINAL STORY: Roughly 4,000 Georgia Power customers are without power after a downed tree disrupted the power grid in the Canton area on Monday evening.
A spokesman with Georgia Power confirmed to Canton-Sixes Patch that the massive power outages in the Riverstone Parkway area were caused by the downing of a tree in the Waleska Road/Shoal Creek area.
The spokesman also confirmed that 4,000 customers are currently without power, but Georgia Power crews are in the area working to restore power.
Canton Police Chief Robert Merchant told Patch he has heard that a car and the tree made contact, though he is not sure if the tree fell on the car or if the car hit the tree. Regardless, a mother and a small child sustained non life-threatening injuries in the incident and have been trasported to Northside Hospital-Cherokee.
Merchant confirmed that three police units are currently on Highway 140 rerouting traffic between Riverstone and Reinhardt College parkways.
Merchant has heard from Georgia Power that it will take at least 30 minutes for crews to assess the situation and begin work.
The Georgia Department of Transportation has contacted the tree removal service to remove the tree from Highway 140. However, Merchant has been told by Canton Fire Chief Dean Floyd that the tree in question is approximately 36 inches across and will take some time to remove.
"It will be back to normal sooner rather than later, but it will still take some time," Merchant told Patch.