Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Local News

June 16, 2009

Storm leaves damage in its wake

The storm that ripped through Barren County this afternoon left many in the city and county without power because of downed trees and power lines.

Capt. Kent Keen, public information officer for the Glasgow Police Department, provided a storm damage report as of 3:45 p.m. Tuesday from the 911 Dispatch Center for streets, roads and other areas of Glasgow and Barren County.

Damage made some roads dangerous or impassable including U.S. 31E south near Lecta-Salem Road, West Washington and Jefferson streets, North Franklin and Water streets, Milton Avenue and Walnut Street, Cherry Street, Riverside Drive, Coral Hill and Franks Mill roads, Lucas Road, Cool Springs Road, Carden Road and Country Acres.

The Glasgow Electric Plant Board had an automated message at 3:15 p.m. that stated there were power outages and lines down throughout the city and repairs were expected to take some time.

Jerry Carter, spokesperson at Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation, said they had 1,950 customers without power because the transmission feed was lost to the Goodnight substation on 31E. Service was restored to the station at 3:15 p.m., but there was still a circuit that feeds into Glasgow that was out.

There was also structural damage to the circuit where it crosses Beaver Creek, Carter said.

On Cumberland Parkway near mile marker 6, debris from a barn on Bishop Road knocked down power lines that along with the barn’s roof blocked all four lanes for 45 minutes to an hour.

A tobacco warehouse on North Jackson Road had its roof blown off as well said Tony Richey, emergency management director for Barren County.

“We didn't have anyone report (a tornado) on the ground,” he said.

Gary Fancher, manager of Kentucky Division of Emergency Management for Region Four, reported numerous trees and power lines down in Allen, Hart, Metcalfe and Monroe counties, and approximately 500 customers in Horse Cave without power at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The only tornado reported locally was in the Huff community in Edmonson County, said Trooper Charles Swiney, spokesman for Kentucky State Police in Bowling Green.

Power was out in downtown Glasgow for some time leading to the cancellation of tonight's scheduled Barren Fiscal Court meeting. The meeting was rescheduled for Wednesday at 5 p.m.

The storm also led to the Western Kentucky University-Glasgow Campus closing for the rest of the day Tuesday.

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