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Gwinnett County firefighters responded to several weather-related calls Monday night.

Gwinnett firefighters rescued a kayaker who got stuck on an island on Lake Lanier near Buford Dam on an evening which saw several weather-related calls for assistance Monday.

Firefighter Driver Engineer Donald Strother said the kayaker had been near Buford Dam Park’s east bank area and Lanier Park when large waves began making it difficult to get back to shore.

“The kayaker was able to make it to an island and provided her location to the Swiftwater Team via pictures and Google Maps on a cellphone,” Strother said. “The Swiftwater Team was able to locate the kayaker and return her safely to Lanier Park without any reported injuries.”

The incident was one of several calls Gwinnett firefighters responded to Monday night as rough weather moved through the area.

Many of the calls were concerning trees or power lines that had been knocked down, particularly in the southern part of the county.

Hurndon Road in Snellville was closed after firefighters found a power service line on the 2400 block of the roadway. Walton EMC has been called to handle the line.

Elsewhere, at one home on the 4500 block of Amy Road in Snellville, a power line was hit by a tree branch. That caused a small fire to break out on the line. Strother said the fire was quickly put out and Walton EMC was notified about the incident.

Firefighters also responded to a call about an electrical pole that was arcing on the 1000 block of Old Tucker Road and Nelson Pointe Drive in unincorporated Stone Mountain. There was no fire on the pole, but Walton EMC was again called about the incident.

A small fire at the base of a power pole at the Dakota Mill Creek Apartments complex at 2705 Mall of Georgia Boulevard in Buford was reported. Firefighters put the fire out and Jackson EMC has been notified about the incident.

Firefighters responded to a report about the tree limb that knocked out an electrical service line on the 200 block of Killian Hill Road in Lilburn. Georgia Power was notified about the line.

And finally, firefighters were called to a vacant house on the 3400 block of Stillwood Drive in Snellville because a tree fell on it. No one was reported as being injured.

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