Storm washes out roads near Vidette

Thursday, March 14, 2002

High winds, flooded streets, fallen trees, three inches of rainfall and washed out roads kept crews from the Fulton County Road Department busy cleaning up debris Mother Nature left in her wake March 8.Fulton County Judge Curren Everett said the Mount Calm/ Vidette area was hit hard by State Line Road off Highway 223. The road over the wet weather creek was washed out when dirt caved in and undermined culverts. He said destruction to the area included a lot of low water bridge washouts resulting in about $60,000 in damages, Everett estimated. Four road graders were sent out to the Vidette area March 11 to help with the cleanup.Everett traveled around the county Saturday to view the damage. Meanwhile, workers were busy digging out hill dirt and replacing it with oversized rock. Everett met with representatives from the state Office of Emergency Management of Little Rock March 11 to assess the damages in Fulton County. He said he should have a report with estimated damages in about a week and he hopes the county will receive some funding from the state to help with the cleanup efforts.Everett said, "We are going to have our hands full just patching things up." He added that a lot of culverts will have to be dug out and replaced in the spring to repair the roads.Power outages due to lightning damage to the Viola substation lasted from 5:30 a.m. to 8:17 a.m. and affected 1,200 consumers in Fulton County, according to Sherry Jackson, member service coordinator of NAEC.A second outage occurred from 3:15 to 4 p.m. affecting 3,038 customers in the Fulton and Baxter area due to a supplier outage from a conductor fault on a transmission line between Norfork and Viola.A third power outage occurred at the same time period due to lightning, high winds and fallen trees on power lines, Jackson added.

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