Heavy winds cause property damage, internet outage

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Some Carroll County residents are still experiencing the effects after heavy winds knocked down roofs, power lines and internet towers on Saturday, March 9.

According to its Facebook page, HBE Internet had "the worst catastrophe" in the company's 22 years of being an internet service provider when a hard-cross wind took down the main tower. By Saturday night, the Facebook post says, about 50 percent of the network was up and running again. On Monday, HBE Internet's voicemail said more customers are being brought online every day. A new tower is being placed, according to the voicemail.

"We are very concerned about this problem and have brought in a professional excavation company to erect the new tower," the voicemail said.

Carroll County Judge Sam Barr reported there wasn't much more damage in the county besides nine or 10 downed trees, and Berryville Mayor Tim McKinney said the city is working to fix a downed sign at Stubbs grocery store. McKinney said the city should take care of everything by the end of the week. Other damage in Berryville included the roof of Town & Country Lanes and the Pizza Hut sign.

Eureka Springs Mayor Butch Berry said he didn't hear about much damage on the west side of the river.

"Berryville got it worse than we did," Berry said.

Eureka Springs Fire Chief Nick Samac said the winds downed a few trees and power lines.

"As far as those calls are concerned, we would go out and stand by until Carroll Electric got there," Samac said. "It was windy as could be that day."

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