Storm knocks out power; roads closed across Johnson County


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Utility crews are working to restore power to homes and businesses in Greenwood and roads across the county are closed after thunderstorms moved through this weekend.

In Greenwood, trees were blown down and uprooted along Fry Road, just east of State Road 135. A fallen telephone wire also closed a 50-yard section of Fry Road, between the entrances of Kohl’s and the Greenwood Park Mall, assistant police chief Matthew Fillenwarth said.

The storm also knocked out power to more than 2,000 residents and businesses between about 1:20 and 3:30 a.m. Nearly all power was restored to residents, but some businesses near the mall are expected to be without power until this afternoon, Duke Energy spokesperson Angeline Protogere said.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office closed seven roads throughout the county because of high water. And in Franklin, where about 3.7 inches of rain has fallen since Thursday night, parts of Forsythe Street and Main Street were closed because of high water, Johnson County Emergency Management director Stephanie Sichting and Franklin police deputy chief Chris Tennell said.

Water has risen, but not yet run onto Jefferson Street. Police and emergency management will continue to watch water levels this afternoon, when another half-inch of rain is expected, Tennell and Sichting said.

See Monday's Daily Journal for more infornation, including photos.

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