Storms cause minor damage
Posted by : July 27, 2014| On :
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Thunderstorms rolled through the Cedar Creek Lake area from the northeast around 8 p.m. Wednesday, uprooting trees and damaging some roofs and power lines. However, by just after lunchtime the next day, power had been restored most everywhere.
“It could have been worse, but it wasn’t,” Kemp municipal judge/administrator Regina Kiser told The Monitor.
Kemp and Mabank both lost power to their water plants due to the storm.
In Mabank, the water plant was without power for 14 hours, due to a lightning strike at a transformer on the corner of Meadow Lake Drive and State Highway 334. The city drew on a mutual aid agreement with East Cedar Creek Freshwater Supply District to keep customers supplied. Mabank Utility Director Steve Barley said power was restored at 10:45 a.m. Thursday. Uprooted trees on East Market Street and elsewhere interrupted power and caused roof damage.
The City of Kemp got by with a backup generator and calls to large water customers like the Kemp Nursing Home and a daycare to employ water conservation measures until power was restored around 10 a.m. “We were afraid we might run out of water and have to resort to boil (water) notices, but that didn’t happen,” Kiser said. By 1:30 p.m., the city had restored the previous water levels held before the storm, she added. Kemp city workers worked throughout the night to clear roadways of fallen tree branches and debris, she said.
In Gun Barrel City, power losses took out traffic signals on Main Street. The road department erected portable stop signs at major intersections. However no major traffic accidents occurred during the outage, police dispatch reported.
ECCFWSD had no power outages at its water and wastewater plants, however a handful of lift stations in Gun Barrel City did lose power, general manager Bill Goheen reported. Crews worked in Loon Bay, St. Francis on the Water and Harbor Point to keep the powerless lift stations from overflowing with portable pumps.
On the other side of the lake West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District manager Tony Ciardo reported no loss of power and no damages due to the storm.
In Seven Points, enterprising motorists on Jess Hinton Road along with a few residents worked together to clear fallen tree limbs from the roadway by use of a chain saw a motorist was carrying.
A house on CR 2139 on the west side of town lost a power line connecting them to the grid, affecting only the one residence, City Secretary Shirley Kirksey said. Reports of fallen trees were cleared overnight by a city crew.