No reported injuries
High winds rip through county
Wanda English Burnett - Editor
According to Donna Million, dispatcher at the Ripley County
911 Center, there were no injuries or deaths reported from
the storm that swept through the area Sunday, April 2.
There was, however, a lot of damage such as downed power lines,
trees and debris and structural damage. Ripley County Emergency
Management Agency personnel reported a damage estimate of $319,000.
This included 13 houses, five barns and sheds, a grain bin
and one church.
Damage reports came into the 911 center noting that homes
in the Holton, Delaware, and Morris areas had been hit by the
high winds, causing damage. Also, it was reported that an unoccupied
mobile home southeast of New Marion had been blown off its
Preliminary damage assessment from the storms Sunday night
was made by Ripley County Emergency Management Agency personnel
and sent to state officials. Studies made by RCEMA showed that
most of the structural damage was in the Holton, Delaware and
Fire departments along with the County Highway Department
and State Highway employees were busy moving trees off roadways
and cleaning debris on Monday morning.
RCEMA personnel and weather spotters were out in full force
before the storm hit the county Sunday night, and then continued
working on initial damage assessments into the day on Monday.
Sheriff Bill Davison reported his department kept busy with
reports throughout the storm.
Electrical crews from CinergyPSI and Southeastern REMC were
busy throughout the night and into the morning on Monday restoring
power to much of the county.
As of Monday morning, Deputy Director of RCEMA Dan Mulford
noted that one street in Delaware was still closed with trees
and an electric utility pole down waiting to be cleared. Motorists
were being advised to use caution, especially on county roads
and report any downed power lines or trees.
There was a severe thunderstorm warning given for the entire
area of Ripley County, but according to information from the
E911 center, a tornado warning was not issued for Ripley County.
Remember, a tornado watch means weather conditions are favorable
for a tornado to occur, but a tornado warning means take immediate
shelter, a tornado has been spotted.
Most of the storm's damage occurred in a ten-minute window,
between 10:10 p.m. and 10:20 p.m. Sunday night.
WOODY BUSH PHOTO
| This photo was taken on 850 W just west
of Derrick Street outside of Holton. There were numerous
trees down in this area.
WOODY BUSH PHOTO
|The Greg and Linda Lunsford property at 8265 Baseline
Rd. just west of Holton town limits was heavily damaged
from the storm Sunday night.