PTC houses suffer minor damage from lightning

Thu, 07/26/2007 - 1:35pm
By: Ben Nelms

It was a close call that could have been much worse Wednesday night as lightning generated from a passing thunderstorm struck two homes in Peachtree City causing minor damage.

A lightning strike at a residence on Sweetbriar Street off Ga. Highway 74 near Kedron Drive caused a minor fire in a crawlspace after the strike ruptured the gas line supplying the fireplace, said Assistant Fire Marshal David Williamson. A small fire was extinguished and the home was returned to the owner, he said.

Further south at an Azalea Drive residence lightning struck a tree, jumped to a handrail and into the side of the house, Williamson said. Damage resulted to a portion of an interior wall but caused no fire, he said.

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Submitted by Git Real on Thu, 07/26/2007 - 2:47pm. laughing.... For a storm like this is no laughing matter.

It goes like this. Git is lying in bed barely able to keep his eyes open. As I'm drifting and repeatedly beating my chest with my chin I am suddenly awoke by Mrs. Git.

Mrs. Git proceeds to tell me that there is water coming out of the bottom of the toilet in the basement. It being after 12:00 in the morning my natural response was "Deal with it would ya"? Well, quickly after I came to my senses I stumbled out of bed and down the stairs to discover an inch of effluent (really stinky water) on the bathroom floor. Yup.... it's a two door bathroom with carpet in each adjoining room. Arrrggghhhh.... I shout as I run to my shop wearing only my boxers and my now soaked flip flops.

After getting the "really stinky water" up I turned over the bathroom duties to Mrs. Git while I go check out the OTHER BROKE EFFLUENT PUMP IN LESS THAN A MONTH Ooops... sorry. Well after bypassing the float switch I was able to get the pump to "fire up" thus stemming the flow of the "really stinky water". Whew...

Now as Mrs. Git is cleaning up the bathroom I'm dumping the vac full of effluent.. yup.. "really stinky water" out back. Now mind you that this is well after 1:00 and the storm that Ben Nelms described is in full action in my backyard. Soooo... here's ole Git, out back in the lightning storm dumping & rinsing the vac for round two. Now I can testify that this storm was a might powerful one and a sight to behold. I guarantee I puckered each time that lighting bolt zapped something near by causing me to jump two feet and nearly wetting my already wet boxers.

Anyways... guys, you know those things our ladies put in the bathrooms that put off those really sweet smells that gag us when we go in to relieve ourselves. Well picture this one... Effluent water odors spread in the air courtesy of my man-sized industrial vac scent machine. I mean that thing was worse than Love PTC & Tug thirty minutes after eating a dozen Krystal's each.

So after I got the rest of that vacuumed out, washed, disinfected, etc., etc., all I had to do was dump the last bit of effluent and wash out my "wet vac scent machine". Yup.. you guessed it. Back out in the rain with my front row seat to God's own special kind of light show. I am at nearly 2:00 A.M. in the morning. I'm standing outside in the lightning and rain washing out this stupid vac and several other items while wearing only my silk boxers and my flip-flops thinking..... is this how Git Real is gonna go? Killed by lightning in the middle of the the night, soaking wet in his undies? Shocked

What is it with me an these sewage pumps anyways??? Sad


"That man was Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard".


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Submitted by poipendicular on Fri, 07/27/2007 - 4:46pm.

I'd be pretty mad at this point. I got the after effects of God's Light show on Friday. Lightning hit a tree in the backyard. Boy that was fun. 18+ft tree limb in the yard, with enough small branches and leaves to hide a 6ft man behind. Luckily it didn't hit the house. Now where is that green waste recycling?

Submitted by skyspy on Thu, 07/26/2007 - 8:34pm.

I hope it is fixed for awhile.

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