Archive for Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Jefferson County waits for power; Oskaloosa district cancels classes Thursday

December 12, 2007, 1:39 p.m. Updated December 12, 2007, 5:16 p.m.


It could be several days before power is restored to all of Jefferson County after Tuesday's ice storm, emergency officials there say.

As of noon 75 percent of the county was without power, Emergency Management Director Doug Schmitt said.

"We've lost major transmission lines and transfer stations," Schmitt said.

Oskaloosa School District 341 canceled classes for Thursday.

Three emergency shelters with beds are now open at these locations: Kentucky Township Community Building, 604 Front St. in Perry; Living Water Church west of Oskaloosa along Kansas Highway 92; and the McLouth fire station, 206 Lucy St.

Warming centers were opened in Jefferson County and are located at the following locations: Meridan fire station, 201 S. Miller St.; Eagles Lodge on West Washington Street in Oskaloosa; The McLouth fire station, 206 Lucy St.; and the Valley Falls fire station, 204 Louisa St.

The centers are open 24 hours for anyone who needs to get warm.

Power problems have caused a water shortage in Lakeshore Estates Rural Water District 10. The district will be out of water some time today. It will remain without water until electrical power can be restored to the water system.

People in the district are asked to conserve water. Residents might consider melting ice to use for toilets and purchasing bottled water for drinking until electrical service is restored, emergency officials said.


countrygirl 10 years, 2 months ago

I would hope the water district would be high on the list of getting the power back on line.

Dobler 10 years, 2 months ago

Are we literally back in the iceage?? This sort of thing should be taken care of immediately even if you have to enlist the help of other counties. Several days is simply not good enough. Once this deal is over, these folks at LJCO need to take a look at how bad they have handled this situation. Not only in regard to actually fixing the problem, but with communicating with their customers. I couldn't get through to them until 6.00 am this morning to report my power went out 20 hours earlier!

naturalist 10 years, 2 months ago

FYI the entire town of Oskaloosa is without electricity, meaning grocery store is closed--no groceries--and gasoline cannot be pumped. Could be the same for McLouth; haven't heard about Perry. I hope no other water districts go down, and definitely, RWD 10 should be first.... People with livestock will be in a world of trouble with frozen stock tanks and no fresh water.

Justanopinion 10 years, 2 months ago

ok question....they have these warming and housing facilities open but to be honest alot of the small towns are full of elderly who can barely drive (if at all) let alone in the ice. Obviously if they had family who could help they would probably be staying with them. As for those who dont have family to help, Is anyone going to get them or help them get to the warming facilities or are we just letting them freeze at home because they have no way to get there?

Bobbi Walls 10 years, 2 months ago

McLouth is also completely out.. no groceries, etc. BP is running on a generator from the fire department, and only because they have to be able to sell gas. My dad was told it could be this weekend before they get the power on, and by then, we will be getting more snow on top of the ice. It's not pretty in McLouth thats for sure.

Jock Navels 10 years, 2 months ago

don't blame the power company...suck it up, be self-reliant, look after your neighbors and solve your problems.

Grump 10 years, 2 months ago

LJCO could try trimming and cutting down some of the trees under the power lines, rather than waiting for nature to do it for them by way of ice storms. I've tried getting LJCO to cut down trees under the power lines on my property, and they have been unwilling. I can't do it myself, because the trees are tangled in the lines.

Of course, rural electric coops got themselves exempted from KCC regulation, so there's no place to complain.

Bobbi Walls 10 years, 2 months ago

hey jock, my parents are 70 years old, and they can't just suck it up.... get over yourself.

Bobbi Walls 10 years, 2 months ago

BTW LJW McLouth is out of school tomorrow as well according to WIBW

johndeeregirl 10 years, 2 months ago

My grandparents live in Oskaloosa they had to come and stay with us. It's a shame of how long it is taking the County to respond and fix these problems. It's way to hard on the elders to deal with the cold weather.

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