Power being restored, but road conditions this evening will be
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[December 19, 2008]
The rain came and quickly turned
to ice. Within an hour of last night's freezing rain, power lines
and grids started to go offline throughout the county.
Fulscher, Emergency Management Agency director, said that area
residents began losing power last night, starting roughly at 11 p.m.
He said that grids in the city of Lincoln, rural Lincoln and the
Burton View area as well as a grid in the Atlanta-Heyworth area went
down, but they have had power restored.
Fulscher said there are
also numerous reports of isolated power losses in homes where
falling branches or trees have taken down power lines.
He said Ameren officials advised him that extra crews have been
brought in to restore service and that Ameren officials are
confident all grids will be back up before midnight. They also
intend to restore power to as many individual homes and businesses
as possible throughout the night.
Currently Ameren states that, as of 2 p.m., 400 users in Logan
County still do not have electricity.
Fulscher wanted to warn individuals to not try to remedy their
problems on their own. "I don't care if you think it's a power line,
a cable line or a clothesline; I ask that homeowners do not try to
remove fallen trees or branches off of lines ... wait for Ameren
crews to come," he said.
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Fulscher says he has been in contact with Tracy Jackson, the Lincoln
street superintendent, and that crews are out cleaning up streets
where branches, and in some cases trees, have fallen onto roadways.
Fulscher also expressed concern about this evening and the next
several days. The weather pattern shows a cold front already
entering the area that will cause thawed roads with standing water
or ice to refreeze. This will make the roads just as dangerous as
they were during the ice storm.
He urged motorists to be extremely cautious while driving,
especially on country roads and at underpasses and bridges.