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Storm creates havoc

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Recent stormy weather has caused problems for Clay County residents and local emergency response personnel and law enforcement.

Motorists found it difficult to travel with high water across roads.

On Wednesday, Clay County Sheriff's Department deputies responded to three reports of motorists driving into deep water and not being able to get out.

"People need to use caution while driving in these types of weather conditions," Chief Dispatcher Missy Gambill told The Brazil Times. "They should avoid high water, but they don't."

One of the wildest weather-related calls came in shortly before 6 a.m., Wednesday.

"Two big trees just fell over on top of a vehicle driving down the road on United States 40 in front of Great Dane," Deputy Josh Krause said. "Witnesses driving behind the truck said the trees just fell over on top of it. It was a miracle that no one was hurt."

The soggy ground caused trees in other parts of the county to be uprooted as well.

A large tree fell across the road in the area of Candlestick Corner, near Bowling Green, but highway department workers are unable to remove it because active power lines were stuck in the tree. The road was closed until Parke County REMC workers were able to remove the lines.

When another strong storm system blew through the area Wednesday afternoon, many residents lost their power. Local volunteer fire departments and law enforcement officers were dispatched to check the area for downed power lines and uprooted trees across roadways.

According to the Duke Energy website, more than 70,000 customers lost power statewide as the storm cut a path through central Indiana. In Clay County, a total of 5,868 customers lost power throughout the day, and as of 9:30 p.m., a total of 785 were still without power.

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