Fallen tree cuts power, blocks Sandy Springs road

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SANDY SPRINGS, Ga.,None - Residents of a Sandy Springs neighborhood were left without electricity after huge tree fell on top of a live power line during a storm Friday morning.

The sound of chain saws was music to the ears of families as crews worked to clear the mess in the River Oaks neighborhood on Spalding Drive. Clay Drive was shut down during the cleanup.

Children trying to get to school had to walk so someone could pick them up. Traffic was blocked. Residents caught behind power lines in the neighborhood were trapped. Among them was Rich Adler, who was getting ready for his first day at a new job.

 "I am going to be late, got to make a call," Adler told Channel 2’s Sophia Choi. 

The mess was created in a chain reaction. A lot of rain led to a downed tree, which then cut power lines. Georgia power said 144 homes lost power at about 2:45 am.

“Got up and got ready by candlelight and came down and found disaster at our subdivision entrance," resident Bob Eisenband said.

Georgia Power said electricity was expected to be restored to the area by 1 p.m.