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Storm leaves 4,000 residents without power

Sunday, August 14, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:48 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Numerous power lines went down at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday between Columbia and Moberly, leaving about 4,000 residents without power.

Chris Rohlfing, manager of member services at Boone Electric Cooperative, said there were many poles damaged in Saturday’s storm.

“We’re trying to get crews to assess the problems as quickly as we can, but it’s going to take quite a while to replace all of the poles,” said Rohlfing, Saturday evening after the evening storm had passed. “In some cases, multiple poles went down in the same area. Some people might not get power turned on until the morning.”

Tracking all of the outages will take some time because the electric company will have to follow the lines from each substation to residents’ homes, making sure no debris from the storm is on the lines, he said.

Rohlfing confirmed that lines were down around areas near the cities of Hallsville and Clark and near the Randolph County line, as well.

— Rachel Kaatmann


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