Weather damage new site

Kerri Mitchell submitted this photo of damage at her home in New Site in Tallapoosa County. Do you have photos? Send them in to editorelmore@thewetumpkaherald.com or through Facebook. 

Hurricane Zeta brought heavy rain and strong wind overnight and continues to impact Central Alabama, including the Elmore County area.

The Herald has received multiple reports of damage and debris throughout the tri-county area including widespread power outages and downed power lines. Crews are working throughout the area and officials are asking residents to stay home and stay off the roads if at all possible.

“Be very careful if you have to venture out this morning,” National Weather Service of Birmingham said in a statement. “There are likely many trees blocking roads that have not been cleared/barricaded yet. Also, you should always assume downed power lines are still electrified and stay away from them. If you are using a generator make sure it is in a well-ventilated outdoor area so that you avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.”

The Elmore County Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Elmore County Highway Department, has issued the following advisory for all of Elmore County:

IMPASSABLE TRAVEL ADVISORY: Effective 3 a.m. all County-maintained roads and bridges in Elmore County should be considered impassable until further notice. Members of the general public are advised that when roads and bridges become impassable all travel should be suspended or delayed. Only emergency vehicles should travel on county roads and bridges until further notice.

Elmore County EMA, in coordination with the Elmore County Highway Department, shall notify the public with a “Resumption of Travel” statement once conditions improve. 

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