Storm damage: No injuries reported, but property damage significant after high winds

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Carroll County News

High winds and heavy rain whipped across Carroll County in the early-morning hours Monday, leaving some residents without electricity and causing significant damage in some areas.

Pete Snyder, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Tulsa office, said rainfall totals in Northwest Arkansas ranged from a half-inch to an inch and a half.

“Pretty typical was about an inch,” he said.

Carroll County was under a tornado watch until 3 a.m. Monday.

Snyder said crews from the weather service were traveling to Northwest Arkansas on Monday afternoon to survey the damage and determine whether any tornadoes touched down during the storm.

“There were quite a few areas where there was some (cloud) rotation,” he said.

Nancy Plagge, spokeswoman for Carroll Electric Cooperative Corp., said crews were working to restore power Monday in Carroll County and adjoining counties in Missouri. Just after noon, Plagge said 970 accounts remained without power and crews had already replaced eight broken poles.

“It appears the hardest hit areas were Oak Grove and Blue Eye,” Plagge said in an email. “There was also quite a bit of damage west of Eureka Springs in the Grassy Knob area.”

Spokeswoman Kerri Case-Jackson said all of Entergy’s customers had their power restored by 11:30 a.m.

Carroll County Judge Sam Barr said Monday afternoon that county crews were working to clear roads blocked by fallen trees. He said Mennonite emergency responders also turned out to assist in the effort.

“We’ve had ’em out there all day,” Barr said of the county crews. “We’re just cutting (the fallen trees) as we can.”

In Eureka Springs, public works director Dwayne Allen said he and his team started working on cleaning up storm damage at 2 a.m. While there wasn't any major structural damage, Allen said, fallen trees blocked several roads in town. Those roads include Spring Street, the Historic Loop and Pivot Rock Road, Allen said.

"We're still cleaning up, but we're fortunate it wasn't any worse," Allen said.

Allen said there were no major power outages during the storm. The storm sirens went off, Allen said, and could be heard throughout the city.

"A lot of people said it's the first time they've ever heard the sirens," Allen said. "The storm sirens are doing their job at least."

Eureka Springs Mayor Butch Berry agreed, saying he heard the sirens in his home.

"I was pleased to hear that and to know I could hear it in my house," Berry said.

Overall, Berry said, the storm didn't cause too much major damage in Eureka Springs.

"We really escaped the big winds," Berry said, "so all we had was small stuff coming down. As far as I know, there wasn't anything major."

Allen said his team will continue to clean up the streets over the next few days.

"The main thing is to open the streets up first and come back to clean. Right now, it's a lot of debris washed down," Allen said. "It'll take us a couple of days to get caught up, but we're pretty fortunate that the last few storms in town haven't caused any major damage."

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