Published 12:00 am Friday, September 17, 2004

Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, 6 p.m.

Following the torrential rains and reported wind gusts of 90 miles per hour, residents of Butler County are struggling to pick up the pieces.

&uot;Right now the entire city is without power,&uot; Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon said. &uot;We have numerous houses with trees down but thankfully no serious injuries have been reported.&uot;

Representative from Pioneer Electric Cooperative say that restoring power to all areas of the county may take up to two weeks. Alabama Power representatives estimate some areas they service also will be without power for between 10 days and two weeks.

&uot;I intend to meet with the people at Alabama Power in the morning to get an update on their situation,&uot; McLendon said. &uot;They are currently working to restore power, first, to the hospital, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.&uot;

Police Chief Lonzo Ingram said his officers are working 12-hour overlapping shifts until further notice.

City work crews have also been mobilized to work around the clock clearing roadways of trees and debris.

As of 4 p.m. Thursday, Fort Dale Road was blocked and it was reported that Cambrian Ridge Golf Course had an estimated 450 trees down.