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Hurricane Ike causes outages

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

This new truck at the James Slaughter residence on Highway 19 just north of Thayer received serious damage after high winds from Hurricane Ike passed through the area. No one was at home when the tree fell and no one was injured. Photo by Jan Thompson
AREA -- Road crews in the southern and northern district of Oregon County worked most of the day Sept. 14 clearing trees from roads across Oregon County after strong winds ripped through the southern Ozarks earlier that morning.

Oregon County Presiding Commissioner Leo Warren said there were many downed trees in the county and some damage, but he did not know of any injuries due to the storm.

"All of our crews were out Sunday. County Clerk Gary Hensley helped us by coming to the courthouse and answering the phones, kind of directing traffic. As of this morning (Sept. 15) I think all of our roads are passable. We will now have to start picking and sawing up the limbs and trees that were downed by the storm," Warren said.

Preparing for the worse in the wake of Hurricane Ike, Mammoth Spring and Oregon County residents waited in line for gas on Friday. Photo by Jan Thompson
Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative Member Services Officer John Thomason said intense winds roared through the area around 3 a.m. Sunday morning. "Downed trees and limbs from outside of the cooperative right-of-way were the main cause of the outages," Thomason said.

He said the storm was widely scattered and caused over 7,400 cooperative members, many in rural Oregon County to lose power. "As of 6:30 a.m., Sept. 15, the cooperative had 3,789 members without power.

Myles Smith with Howell-Oregon said Monday morning he could not put an exact number on how many outages there were in Oregon County. He said cooperatives in the state that were not affected by the storm will be helping with the restoration process.

Thomason said on Sunday the telephones at the cooperative were staffed, but because of the large number of outages it was impossible to answer every call. He said most cooperative members are served by automated meters and Howell-Oregon Electric knew if a home was without power.

Thomason said Howell-Oregon would like to thank their cooperative members for their patience during this time and to remember to stay away from downed power lines at all times.

City of Thayer Electrical Supervisor Jake Hatfield said he worked from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and electricity was out in portions of the city several hours during the day due to limbs and trees falling on power lines.

Mayor Jean Pace reported strong winds moved through her city early Sunday morning. "We mostly had a lot of limbs blown from trees. There were few reports of power outages in Mammoth Spring and I don't know of anyone being injured," she said.

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