Sunday, August 31, 2014

City says Sunday’s windy weather didn’t down power

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 1/27/2014

Despite gusty winds that knocked down tree limbs Sunday evening across Ottawa, the community avoided power outages, city utility officials said.

City crews responded Sunday to four calls of tree limbs falling on electrical lines connecting the city’s power lines to residents’ homes, Jim Bradley, city utilities director, said Monday. Those isolated service drops did not interrupt the city’s electrical circuits, Bradley said.  

Despite gusty winds that knocked down tree limbs Sunday evening across Ottawa, the community avoided power outages, city utility officials said.

City crews responded Sunday to four calls of tree limbs falling on electrical lines connecting the city’s power lines to residents’ homes, Jim Bradley, city utilities director, said Monday. Those isolated service drops did not interrupt the city’s electrical circuits, Bradley said.  

“We did not experience circuit outages because of those limb drops,” Bradley said. “We got through the wind in good shape.”

Winds gusted at more than 50 mph Sunday evening in Ottawa, according to The Weather Channel, as a cold front barreled across Franklin County and much of the Sunflower State. Temperatures plummeted Sunday in Ottawa from a high of 58 degrees to a low of 8 degrees, according to readings taken at the city’s water treatment plant. The windstorm left limbs scattered across the community.

Crews with the city’s Public Works Department plan to collect limbs from private yards at curbside, beginning next Monday, according to a city news release. Crews plan to make one complete round of the city to collect limbs, Andy Haney, public works director, said. The city plans to complete the limb collection by Feb. 7, the release said.

Residents are urged to move limbs to their street curbs as soon as possible, Haney said. Collections cannot be made in alleys because of limited space, the release said.

To make collection easier for machinery, and to limit possible damage to yards, residents are asked to stack the limbs parallel and close to the street curb, the release said.

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