Careless driver rips down new power lines after storm - CBS46 News

Careless driver rips down new power lines after storm

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MARIETTA, GA (CBS ATLANTA) -

A Cobb County neighborhood rocked by Thursday's tornados lost power for a second time, but it wasn't because of the weather.

As soon as the power finally came back on for residents along Bishop Lake Road in Marietta, a careless driver knocked it out again.

Three days after the tornado, the damage is still scattered all over the place.

"If I pulled that blue tarp off of there you would see the whole side of the house is gone.  I've never seen anything like this in my entire life," said Ron Gustafson, whose home was totally destroyed.

While some are still in disbelief, others are trying to move on and clean up, but unfortunately they suffered a very unexpected set back.

"We had our power back on, but still a lot of work to do.  Then you have fools that have no appreciation for anyone else, just tore it all down," said resident Jim Stephens.

And you won't believe what residents said the driver told them after he did it.

"He said he didn't care because he was basically busy," said Stephens.

"It is frustrating.  Maybe even more so than power going out is the callousness or insensitivity of the person who caused it," said Linda Waters.

Power crews had to return to the area and turn the power back on again, and then raise the line so no one else does it.

"I feel bad for those guys.  We survive.  We went a couple days without power, but these guys have to do some dangerous work," said Stephens.

Residents did call police and give them the license plate number of the driver.  Some said they want him to not only get a ticket but pay for the county's extra work.

"I sure hope that guy has enough insurance to pay for this double work.  Why should you and I as a taxpayer or payer of the utility have to pay for someone deliberately messing it up?" asked Stephens.

The Cobb County Police Department said they would try to find the driver responsible, but any charges would be up to the county Public Works Department. 

Meanwhile, residents said they're even more grateful to the power crews who have now turned their power back on for a second time.

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