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Storms caused damage, power outages

June 28, 2013|by Jay Scherder, KY3 News | jscherder@ky3.com

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Strong winds early Friday toppled trees, tossed yards items, and caused power outages.  One house at the corner of National Avenue at Meadowmere Street was one example of damage; a large tree crashed into its roof.

In Nixa, Ron Duncan heard a bump in the night.

“I thought it was a branch. I didn't think the whole tree, and it was the whole tree,” he said.  “It was amazing.  I'm surprised we didn't have far more damage.  It could have been a lot worse than it is."

Like many in Christian County, Duncan felt the wrath of 70 mile- per-hour winds.

"With the weather, most of the tree companies are pretty busy today,” he said.

Duncan was fortunate. The toppled oak tree didn't do as much damage as it could have. His power did go out, but was restored before dawn.

"When that storm front came through, we lost power at both facilities,” said Jim Deffenderfer, general manager of RDE Water Company in Nixa.

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That loss of power, Deffenderfer said, led to a voluntary boil water advisory for the area.

"It can cause a lot of problems. It depends on how much pressure you lose and if you get any negative pressure in the system,” he said.

Deffenderfer says he drank water off the system all day, and believes there isn't reason to panic, but using a little extra caution doesn't hurt.

"We just put out the advisory because there might be a chance that something may have gotten into the lines,” he said.

RDE Water Company collected samples and sent them to a lab in Jefferson City to check for any contaminants.  They won't get any results until Tuesday or Wednesday.  Until then, they advise people in the Nixa area who use their water service to continue to boil their water.

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At 4:30 p.m. Friday, City Utilities of Springfield said it still had about 150 outages from the storm.   The utility company said crews would continue working through the night to restore power to CU customers.
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In Republic, which had a lot of damage from high winds, the city put out this news release:

Republic residents cleaning up tree limbs and leaves from the recent storm can take their debris to the residential yard waste drop-off site at the Wastewater Treatment Plant on the north end of West Avenue.  The drop-off site will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, and Sunday June 30.

During the week of July 1, the site will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. except Thursday, July 4.  Building and construction debris will not be accepted, nor will tree debris that is contaminated with construction debris. 

Plastic bags, ties, rope and any other manmade material must be removed prior to dumping. 

If residents are unable to take their tree debris to the drop-off site, the City will begin curbside pickup on July 1.  Tree debris left for pickup must be cut in six-foot lengths and can be no larger than 18 inches in diameter.  Residents must register for pick-up by calling 732-3400. The City cannot enter private property to assist with tree cleanup or removal but can provide contact information for local tree service companies. Contact the Public Works Department at 732-3400 for more information.

Residents may also burn clean vegetative debris under certain conditions. The burn pile must be a minimum of 50 feet from any building or property line.  Residents should notify the Fire Department at 732-3800 before burning.

A building permit is required to repair and/or replace damaged electrical services and weather heads.  Empire District Electric will not restore power to a damaged service without an inspection from the city.  A building permit application is available online at the city’s website, or in the Planning and Development office at 204 N. Main St.  There is a $50.00 fee for an electrical permit. The Planning and Development office can be reached at 732-3150.
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Editor's note: This is Jay Scherder's final report for KY3 News.  He and his wife are moving to St. Louis to work for the Rockwood School District.

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