COLUMBUS – Damage is piling up, and crews are working nonstop to clean up the wreckage from Tuesday night’s storm.
Crews have a backlog of areas to tend to, as wind and a lightning heavy storm pass through the area. Throughout Columbus, trees have been knocked over on to power lines and street lights.
Loup Power President Neal Suess says that crews are tending to sporadic outages around Columbus, as well as a major outage in Creston. Columbus outages have occurred on Lovers Lane, North Park, and Morton road, says Suess.
A tree north of Columbus, just off Monastery Road, was struck by lightning and lit on fire. Columbus Rural Fire responded to the scene, and due to it’s location and how the tree was burning, they let it burn out.
Some downed trees across Columbus are covering entire roadways, and several streets were flooded.