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By BETH ZUMWALT
A storm with torrential rains, strong winds and some reported hail swept through Pike County early Friday, June 17.
Chris Johnson of the Pike County Highway Department said his crews spend an entire day Friday cutting up and moving trees from roadways.
“There was even a tree across the boat ramp at Florence,” Johnson said.
Johnson said the rain appeared to be varied across the county with some areas receiving more than others.
Reports of three inches of rain were reported, mainly in the northern part of the county, while Pearl, which had damaging winds, reported .7 inches, Griggsville had 1.5 and Pittsfield reported only 4 -tenths of an inch. Water was still standing in fields near Chambersburg, Saturday afternoon and lots of corn was laid over by the wind. Several farmers have also reported their corn was snapped off by the wind.
Route 100, the road between Milton and Pearl had several trees down making it impassable until the trees could be cleared.
“We had a lot of trees down in that area,” David Greenwood, sheriff, said. “Our deputies were pretty busy with traffic control until IDOT or the county highway crews could get there.Some of the smaller trees they were able to move off the roadway themselves.”
Power outages were wide spread with some areas without power from Friday morning around 4 a.m. until Saturday afternoon.