The remnants of Hurricane Ida passed through the Golden Triangle Monday but produced only minimal damage, local officials said this morning.
Oktibbeha County Emergency Management Director Kristin Campanella said several roadways were blocked Monday from fallen trees, but all of them have been cleared. Multiple other roads flooded, including Poorhouse, Cedar Grove and Sturgis-West Point roads.
One house in the Green Oaks neighborhood of Starkville had a tree fall on it. No one was injured.
The Starkville street department removed a tree at the 300 block of West Main Street late Monday night.
Campanella said three weather-related accidents occurred on Highways 12 and 182 and Sun Creek Road in Oktibbeha County, but no injuries were reported.
Starkville Utilities General Manager Terry Kemp said his department only received a few calls regarding power outages during the storm.
“We really didn’t have any trouble at all on either electric, water or sewer systems,” Kemp said.
Lowndes County and Columbus came through the storm largely unscathed.
Both Lowndes County Emergency Management Director Cindy Lawrence and Columbus Public Information Officer Joe Dillon said there were no reports of damage or flooding overnight.
Columbus Light and Water General Manager Angela Verdell reported only minor disruptions.
“So far, about 150 customers lost power in sporadic outages throughout the day and overnight,” Verdell said. “There were no major problems and all power has been safely restored.”
Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Public Information Officer Nicole Thomas said there were portions of six bus routes that were impassable this morning, including portions of Blocker, Hickory Grove, Magee and Rockhill roads. She said if a road is impassable, the district attempts to take an alternative route. If the district is unable to transport students to school because buses are unable to pick them up due to a flooded road, their absence from school is excused.
Columbus city schools reopened after early dismissals Monday and operations were normal this morning, CMSD Public Information Officer Mary Pollitz said.
Lowndes County School District officials did not respond to requests for information Monday or this morning.
Jon Turner, spokesman for 4-County Electric Power Association, said outages were sporadic over the service area.
“We have 150 outages we’re working on, about 40 in Lowndes County,” Turner said. “We were lucky.”