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COLUMBIA CITY â€” A week after area residents endured high winds, bringing with the storm a slight amount of rain, Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Cathy Broxon-Ball said Whitley County residents should all have their electricity restored.
Broxon-Ball estimated Fridayâ€™s storm produced winds traveling at the speed of 80 miles per hour.
She said electric companies worked around the clock after Fridayâ€™s storm. Sundayâ€™s storm, which produced winds of 50-60 miles per hour, did not help this process in Whitley County, as wll as Allen County, which reported many power outages as well.
â€śThey have their priorities set up where they work on nursing homes and houses where people have registered they need oxygen,â€ť said Broxon-Ball. â€śI know some companies came in from Iowa, and these guys donâ€™t sleep. They just keep going.â€ť
According to Broxon-Ball the entire county was hit hard, especially South Whitley.
â€śWe had a couple of barns down and numerous damages to houses with shingles,â€ť said Broxon-Ball. â€śGarage doors were blown in and a couple of above ground swimming pools were destroyed.â€ť
As of Tuesday, 84 people were still without power, but Broxon-Ball said she checked Wednesday, and did not see a number.
Broxon-Ball said the more damages that are reported to the state, the better chances the county has to receive aid.
â€śWe need structural damages reported, even if you have insurance,â€ť said Broxon-Ball. â€śWith the storm being as widespread as it was, this affected everybody, and maybe we can get some federal help.â€ť
Broxon-Ball said Columbia City has been collecting downed trees, and for county residents with downed trees, she urges them to make a pile and wait until the burn ban has been lifted before setting fire to them.
â€śThey need to wait until it is safe to begin burning the leaves, branches and trees,â€ť said Broxon-Ball.