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Wind storm cripples area

UPDATE, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 8:35 a.m. ‘ Duke Energy trucks were lined up behind the company’s office and staging at Gehlbach-Royce Funeral Home parking lot in downtown Corydon this morning, obviously preparing to tackle another long day of line repair. Several Harrison County REMC trucks were seen headed north as well.

Harrison EMA Director Greg Reas, who was joined last night by a member of Homeland Security, is pleading with county residents to report any significant damage to their homes by calling Harrison County dispatch at 738-2195, pressing “1” and turning in their name, address, type of damage and whether or not they have insurance. The information will be passed on to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist in acquiring federal disaster aid.

Many folks took advantage of the free ice — provided by Tyson Foods — at area fire stations last night.

For those still without power, another food option: Lincoln Hills Christian Church in Corydon will host a free, community-wide spaghetti dinner on tonight at 6 p.m.

UPDATE, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 10:45 p.m. ‘ Lanesville Community Schools will be closed Wednesday, Sept. 17. With this announcement, all schools in Harrison County will be closed Wednesday. Any Thursday closings will be posted as soon as they become available.

Also, there have been some issues with various customers in Ramsey’s water district not having water. This could be due to air pockets in the lines. As wells reach their normal capacity, water flow should resume, though how long this takes is unknown.

UPDATE, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 6 p.m. ‘ South Harrison Community schools will be closed Wednesday, Sept. 17. Still no word on whether or not Lanesville Community School Corp. will be in session.

Ice pick-up at fire stations in the county will take place this evening (Tuesday) from 6 to 8 p.m. Residents should bring their own containers for the ice, which is loose ice and was donated by Tyson Foods in Corydon.

UPDATE, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 3:55 p.m. ‘ Ice pick-up at fire stations in the county will take place this evening (Tuesday) from 6 to 8 p.m. Residents should bring their own containers for the ice, which is loose ice and was donated by Tyson Foods in Corydon.
WEDNESDAY SCHOOL CANCELLATIONS
Lanesville Community School Corp. ‘ Classes canceled Wednesday, Sept. 17.
North Harrison Community School Corp. ‘ Classes canceled Wednesday, Sept. 17.
South Harrison Community School Corp. ‘ Classes canceled Wednesday, Sept. 17.
Crawford County Community School Corp. ‘ Classes canceled Wednesday, Sept. 17.

UPDATE, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 3:45 p.m. ‘ Ramsey Water is back online and pumps are operating, however those in Ramsey’s water district are still urged to conserve water until all reservoirs are back up to full capacity. A county-wide burn ban was put into place at 10 a.m. this morning. Harrison EMA Director Greg Reas says no debris is to be burned so as not to put an added strain on water districts in the county in case of fire. Instead, debris should be stacked along county right-of-ways so it can be picked up and chipped in the coming weeks. Tyson Foods in Corydon has donated bulk ice. The bulk ice is available at Elizabeth, Harrison Township, Ramsey, New Salisbury, Palmyra, New Middletown, Heth and Boone Township fire stations. Reas is still asking county residents to call in their residential damage to Harrison County dispatch at 738-2195, then hit option 1 (for dispatch) and report their damage. In addition to a damage report, Reas is requesting a return contact number and whether or not the resident has insurance. The information will be passed on to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help in securing federal aid for the county. Updates need to be turned in no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday.

UPDATE, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 1:30 p.m. ‘ Contrary to rumors stating otherwise, there are no plans to shut off the water in the Town of Corydon or South Harrison Water districts. According to SHW, there are no problems with electricity, pumping stations or boosting stations. As for the Town of Corydon, a booster station on Corydon’s west side that was without power early Monday came back online Monday afternoon, bringing the water district up to full strength. There are NO boil-water advisories for either district.

UPDATE, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 10:50 a.m. ‘ Duke Energy has expanded its Indiana work force today with an additional 500 field employees and contractors from the Carolinas and elsewhere. Another 60 contractors will join the effort Wednesday. Most of the additional workers are Duke Energy employees from the company’s utilities in North Carolina and South Carolina. Contractors who typically work for the company in the Southeast and Midwest are also part of the group. High winds from Hurricane Ike tore through Indiana Sunday and knocked out power to more than 300,000 Duke Energy Indiana customers. The company had approximately 82,000 customers out of service as of Tuesday morning. High winds caused extensive damage to power infrastructure, resulting in outages in virtually every Duke Energy district in the state. The hardest hit areas were Clarksville, Seymour, Connersville, Corydon, Madison, Bedford and Bloomington The majority of those customers should be restored to service by sometime Friday. Power restoration in Bloomington and Clarksville may continue into Saturday.

UPDATE, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 10:45 a.m. ‘ Lincoln Hills Christian Church in Corydon will host a free spaghetti dinner, open to the public, on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. Parish Deuser, financial assistant and secretary for the church, said they were lucky enough to have power restored to their building and wanted to use that to help. ‘As we all drive around, we think, ‘What can we do to help?’ ‘ she said. ‘We can’t actually get out with chain saws, but we can do this.’ The dinner will be an extension of a new Wednesday night service the church kicked off last week, which drew about 200 people, and fits with the new mission statement of the church: ‘Seeking Jesus. Studying His word. Serving the world.’ RPM, a men’s ministry at LHCH, will have a table set up to take names of people who have storm damage. RPM stands for ‘real powerful men,’ and they already donate time and energy to other causes in the community, including building a porch for Dion Miller, a Corydon boy stricken with multiple sclerosis. ‘The purpose is allowing people to sign up who need assistance for storm damage,’ Deuser said. Deuser said the church thought the best way to help as many people as possible was to hold the dinner for the community, many of whom are still without power and may need a warm meal. In addition to spaghetti, there will also be hot dogs and fixings for children.

UPDATE, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 10:30 a.m. ”Harrison REMC initially reported 20,000 homes or businesses without power Sunday night. As of Tuesday morning there are still 10,600 without power. All five counties of Harrison REMC territory were hit with widespread damage and most outages were wind and tree related. Restoration of power could take into the weekend, due to the amount of broken poles and downed wires. The Harrison REMC crews that traveled South had returned last Friday and were here before the storm hit. All crews are working on this emergency along with crews that came down on Monday from Northern Indiana. Safety is a big concern at this time; REMC asks this for both its members as well as its crews.

UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 16, 9:50 a.m. ‘ Brenda Shaw called to report damage in Byrneville, located in northeast Harrison County. She said there is a tree on a house and ‘really big trees’ were uprooted by Sunday’s wind. A trampoline that was set up in a back yard is now a ‘twisted’ apparatus in the homeowner’s front yard. Shaw also said the area is still without power.

UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 16, 8:45 a.m. ‘ Corydon Town Hall said it has no plans to shut off water to its customers. Treggie King, the town clerk-treasurer, said they had some problems Monday due to the power outage. ‘But once the power came back on (late Monday afternoon), everything was fine,’ she said. And, as a side note, King, who lives off Elliott Street in Corydon, still has no power. Her house also sustained damage to the roof from a fallen tree.

UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 15, 12:45 p.m. ”State of emergency declared in Harrison County. Travel advisory in effect due to downed trees. Some roads impassable. Customers of Ramsey Water are urged to conserve water. Anyone with severe damage to their home, or an uninhabitable home, should call 738-2195, hit option 1 for dispatch and report their damage.
TUESDAY CANCELLATIONS
Lanesville Community School Corp. ‘ Classes canceled Tuesday, Sept. 16.
North Harrison Community School Corp. ‘ Classes canceled Tuesday, Sept. 16.
South Harrison Community School Corp. ‘ Classes canceled Tuesday, Sept. 16.
Crawford County Community School Corp. ‘ Classes canceled Tuesday, Sept. 16.
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THURSDAY CANCELLATIONS
Chamber of Commerce of Harrison County ‘ Rescheduled its Business After Hours at Schuler Bauer Real Estate from tomorrow (Thursday) to Nov. 20.

Monday morning, Sept. 15 ‘ Fierce winds, remnants of Hurricane Ike combined with an approaching cold front, blasted Southern Indiana yesterday (Sunday), damaging homes and buildings, downing power lines and trees, and leaving thousands without power. At least one death, that of a Milltown woman, is being blamed on the storm.
Area schools are canceled today, and many county roads have been reduced to one lane as crews fought yesterday afternoon to keep roads open. But, because of the intensity and size of the storm, it was nearly impossible.
‘Trees are falling faster than they can cut them,’ one firefighter said yesterday afternoon as they worked to re-open S.R. 62 east of Leavenworth.
They requested the Indiana Dept. of Transportation put a snow plow on one of its trucks and bring it to the Leavenworth area to clear a path.
There were reports that a portion of the roofs at Jasper Engines at Carefree and the Overlook Restaurant in Leavenworth had been blown away.
Early yesterday afternoon, Harrison County Hospital personnel had told the central dispatch office that the facility in Corydon was without power and its back-up generator was almost out. The request was made to transport patients with non-life-threatening injuries elsewhere.
Meteorologists said Ike was about 600 miles in diameter as it made landfall early Saturday morning near Galveston, Texas. That’s nearly as wide as the Lone Star state itself.
About 4:30 this morning, Ponder Boat Sales at Taswell was destroyed by fire.
At 4:50 a.m., power was still out at the intersection of state roads 135 and 64 in New Salisbury, while in Corydon, electricity had been restored to most of the town.
The Corydon Democrat will update information on its Web site throughout the day as it becomes available.

MONDAY CANCELLATIONS
Crawford County Community School Corp. ‘ Classes canceled today.
Habitat for Humanity of Harrison County ‘ Dedication of its newest house, in Laconia, scheduled for yesterday, has been tentatively rescheduled for Sunday.
Lanesville Community School Corp. ‘ Classes canceled today.
North Harrison Community School Corp. ‘ Classes canceled today.
South Harrison Community School Corp. ‘ Classes canceled today.

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