Storm may keep lights off around Linn through Thursday night
Utility crews say it may be Thursday night before they have power fully restored in Washington County.
The National Weather Service says 98 mile-per-hour winds blew through the Linn and Palmer areas just after 5 a.m. Wednesday.
Bluestem Electric Coop said it broke off about 50 poles. Crews from neighboring coops are helping them replace the poles and power lines. Bluestem posted an update on its Facebook page that an area from Palmer to Linn, and east to the Upland Road may not have power restored until Thursday evening. Additional crews are expected to assist with the effort Thursday.
No one was allowed into the City of Linn for much of Wednesday due to the number of downed power lines and tree branches blocking several city streets, according to Washington Co. Emergency Management. The streets were reopened in the late afternoon hours.
Some buildings lost their roofs and utility poles were also reportedly broken off.
The damage came just 45 days after the town was hit by an EF-0 tornado. Emergency Manager Randy Hubbard said Wednesday's damage looked worse than it did back in May.
“The wind was much harder than the last time, cause it was banging the windows, that’s why we were scared,” a Linn resident named Jasmin said.
Washington Co. Emergency Mgt. kept people informed of the situation through a series of Facebook posts Wednesday morning. They asked people not to come to the city, saying the situation was not safe.
Emergency Management said they are not asking for any outside help at this time. Hubbard said Wednesday night that, with neighbors helping neighbors, cleanup went well and he did not anticipate a need for additional volunteers in the town.
The agency is telling people who live in Linn to take any tree branches and limbs to the CVA elevator parking lot. They can enter off of 1st Street and city workers will show them where to drop everything off.
The Linn Community Nursing Home has opened up its commons area to serve as a cooling station. They also have generator set up for medical equipment or to charge a phone.
Linn residents who have a specific need because of the storm is asked to call Emergency Management at 785-541-0212. If it's a medical emergency, dial 911.