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Storm update

UPDATE, Monday, Sept. 22, 2:30 p.m. — Due to the recent wind storm and the damage that was left behind, Harrison County Community Services needs your help. Their food pantry is being depleted through assisting so many families in need. Donations of food items would be greatly appreciated or you can make a monetary donation which will be used to purchase food for the pantry.
If you would like to make a food donation there are three locations at which to do so: Harrison County Community Services, 101 Hwy 62 West, Corydon; YMCA of Harrison County, 198 Jenkins Court NE, Corydon; or Regions Bank, 501 Old Capitol Plaza, Corydon.
Monetary donations may be mailed to, and made payable to: Harrison County Community Services, P.O. Box 308, Corydon, IN 47112. Please note “Food Pantry” on the memo line.
UPDATE, Saturday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m. — Harrison REMC reports there are still about 3,000 of its customers without power. Crews are working this weekend to make repairs. The utility company’s hope is to have that number reduced to 1,000 customers by Monday.

Harrison County Community Services will have meals available today from 9:30 a.m. to noon. HCCS is located at 101 Highway 62 West in Corydon.

The New Middletown Festival is still taking place today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Food will be available for purchase, and there will be children’s games, a cornhole tournament, music and other activities.

Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Dept. is still having its chicken dinner today. Serving begins at 4 p.m. at South Central Junior-Senior High School. An auction will begin shortly after 6 p.m.
UPDATE, Friday, Sept. 19, 3:15 p.m. ”The Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Indiana State Fire Marshal reminds Hoosiers to be cautious during power outages to avoid fires. By following the safety tips below, citizens can protect themselves, their family and home from the potential threat of fire during or after a storm.
Chemical Safety
‘ Look for combustible liquids like gasoline, lighter fluid, and paint thinner that may have spilled. Thoroughly clean the spill and place containers in a well-ventilated area.
‘ Keep combustible liquids away from heat sources.
Electrical Safety
‘ Turn off or disconnect all appliances when there is an outage. When the power is restored, turn them on, one by one, to prevent an overload.
‘ Shut off or disconnect all major equipment, as well as the heating or air conditioning system that might be in operation at the time of outage.
‘ Unplug sensitive electronic equipment. When power is restored, use surge protectors to protect computers, fax machines, answering machines, televisions, stereos and appliances.
‘ Assume all wires on the ground are electrically charged. This includes cable TV feeds.
‘ Be aware of and avoid downed utility lines. Report downed or damaged power lines to the utility company or emergency services.
‘ Remove standing water, wet carpets and furnishings. Air dry your home with good ventilation before restoring power.
‘ Do not use extension cords between homes or across yards or streets. Such use could cause electrocution and fire.
‘ Have a licensed electrician check your home for damage.
Gas Safety
‘ Smell and listen for leaky gas connections. If you believe there is a gas leak, immediately leave the house and leave the door(s) open and do not turn switches on or off, leave them as they are.
‘ Never strike a match. Any size flame can spark an explosion.
‘ Before turning the gas back on, have the gas system checked by a professional.
Generator Safety
‘ Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines when using generators.
‘ Use a generator or other fuel-powered machine outside the home. Carbon monoxide fumes are odorless and can quickly overwhelm you indoors.
‘ Use the appropriate size and type power cords to carry the electric load. Overloaded cords can overhead and cause fires.
‘ Never run cords under rugs or carpets where heat might build up or damage to a cord may go unnoticed.
‘ Never connect generators to another power source such as power lines. The reverse flow of electricity or “backfeed” can electrocute an unsuspecting utility worker.
And Remember …
‘ Be careful when using candles. Keep the flame away from combustible objects and out of the reach of children.
‘ Some smoke alarms may be dependent on your home’s electrical service and could be inoperative during a power outage. Check to see if your smoke alarm uses a back-up battery and install a new battery at least once a year.
‘ Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home.
‘ If there is a fire hydrant near your home, keep it clear of debris for easy access by the fire department.

UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 19, 10:15 a.m. ‘ Greg Reas, director of Harrison County Emergency Management Agency, has lifted the burn ban that has been in effect since Tuesday morning.

— The archeology program scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday) at O’Bannon Woods State Park has been canceled.
— The picnic scheduled for this evening in Blue River Township for people to meet local Republican candidates has been canceled.
— Dedication of the Habitat for Humanity of Harrison County house in Laconia that was scheduled for Sept. 14 will take place Sunday at 2 p.m. at the house.

The Indiana Dept. of Homeland Security today announced Hoosiers may now report their damage via the IDHS Web site at
IDHS is gathering the information to strengthen the state’s application for federal disaster assistance. The damage reports will identify what areas damage assessment teams need to be sent and help to justify the need for disaster assistance.
Hoosiers are also reminded of the IDHS Damage Assessment Hotline (1-888-335-9490) in which they can report damage. The call center is staffed from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday by the Indiana Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives.
Those reporting damage will be asked for their name, address, phone number, type of damage sustained and the date the damage occurred. Losses can include structural damage to homes and loss of personal property.
Individuals will not be in conversation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Information from both sources will be used to help local emergency management agencies and the Indiana Dept. of Homeland Security preliminarily assess damage to determine if federal assistance can be pursued.
Anyone who has already reported damage via the IDHS Damage Assessment Hotline does not need to complete the online report.
This report is not an application for any assistance program.
The IDHS reminds property owners to consult their local permitting official before starting any repairs.
UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 18, 6 p.m. ‘ Parts of Corydon experienced a power outage today at 2:25 p.m. Crews were working near the intersection of Old S.R. 135 and Wyandotte Avenue when the outage occurred. Initial reports were that it could be sometime Friday before power was restored. However, at about 5:35 p.m., at least some power had been restored.
UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 18, 11:50 a.m. ”Lanesville and South Harrison schools will be open on a two-hour delay, Friday, Sept. 19.
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UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m. ”Crawford County Community School Corp. will be closed Thursday, Sept. 18. Also, Blue River Water Co. is still asking its customers to conserve water. Ice is available at the English Fire House, according to Crawford County Dispatch.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 17, 3:30 p.m. ”Harrison County EMA Director Greg 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.
Harrison County Community Services has issued a call for help. Its food pantry is being depleted through assistance to so many families in need. Donations of food items would be greatly appreciated, or you can make a monetary donation which will be used to purchase food for the pantry. If you would like to make a food donation, there are three locations at which to do so: Harrison County Community Services, 101 Highway 62 West, Corydon; YMCA of Harrison County, 198 Jenkins Court NE, Corydon; or Regions Bank, 501 Old Capitol Plaza, Corydon. Monetary donations may be mailed to, and made payable to: Harrison County Community Services, P.O. Box 308, Corydon, IN 47112. Please note ‘Food Pantry’ on the memo line. Food items needed include Spam, tuna that can be eaten right out of the can, bags of apples, fruit, boxes of cereal, dry milk, peanut butter and crackers.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2:35 p.m. ”South Harrison schools will be open on a two-hour delay, Thursday and Friday, Sept. 18 and 19.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. ”Ramsey Water Co. lifts its conservation request. The water company is at full operation. Anyone who still has water issues can contact Ramsey Water Co. at 347-2551.
North Harrison Community School Corp. ‘ Closed until Monday.
Dr. Ken Oppel, assistant superintendent, said all school-related activities are also canceled until Monday.
There were several factors taken into consideration for closing the school system, he said. Among those are:
* Palmyra Water Co., which serves Morgan Elementary School, has issued a boil advisory.
* There are reports of downed power lines and trees on several county roads, creating a safety issue for school bus drivers and student drivers.
* Many homes in the school district are still without power. Oppel said the parents of students didn’t need the extra stress of wondering about school.
Crawford County Community School Corp. ‘ May have school tomorrow (Thursday), if electricity is restored at all six of its buildings by early this evening.
Mike Key, principal at Leavenworth Elementary School, said Leavenworth, Marengo and Patoka elementaries have power, but Crawford County Junior-Senior High School and Milltown and English elementaries do not as of 11 a.m. today.
Key, who also is the corporation’s transportation director, said county officials have given the corporation the OK to send out its buses.
‘They assured me, if my bus drivers take it easy ‘ that we can run our routes,’ he said.
Parents and guardians will be notified if school is in session via the corporation’s School Messenger telephone system, Key said. The system has also been used by the county’s emergency officials to relay information, he added.
Key said there was no damage to any of the corporation’s buildings, but a set of outside bleachers did blow over at the high school.
He said a decision on whether to have school will likely be made by about 4 p.m. Officials cannot wait too late into the evening because Leavenworth has been storing frozen food from CCJSHS and Milltown, and they need time to transport it back.
The Harrison County Girls Tennis Tournament, scheduled for Saturday at South Central, has been postponed.