June 23 Storm Hits West Plains

Mother Nature has not been easy on West Plains. The storm that had intense straight-line winds whip through the town on Sunday, June 23, left quite a bit of damage including close to 5,000 without power. Crews were dispatched shortly after the storm at 12:35 p.m. on Sunday afternoon and worked well into the morning hours on Monday, June 24. The City of West Plains is grateful for the help of the City of Mountain View. Mountain View sent crews to help restore power and without their help restoration time would have been much longer.

At this time all power should be restored. If citizens are having power issues please call City Hall, 256-7176 or the West Plains Police Department, 256-2244 between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. City officials are asking the public to keep watch for any downed lines or wires. Please notify City Hall immediately of any downed lines and please do not travel over them or touch them.

The storm left lots of brush and debris and this week, including the weekend, residents can drop-off brush at the Transfer Station free of charge. The gates will be open Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular brush drop-off times through the week is 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The fee will apply for brush cutters dropping off brush.

For citizens having power issues after power restoration there may be a need for an electrician to come assess damage. City officials can verify if an electrician is needed and can provide a list of licensed electricians for the area.

During the aftermath of the storm, crews may have torn up yards and city officials would like residents to call in beginning Tuesday, June 25, and give their address for yards to be fixed. The City wants to thank the public for their patience while power was restored. Crews worked as quickly as possible to restore power.

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