The winter weather that has moved through the Ozarks has left some areas without power along with power lines and tree limbs down.
The Christian County Emergency Management director says there were reports of trees and power lines down in the Sparta and Chadwick area.
The National Weather Service in Springfield says the the NOAA Weather Radio in Fordland is back up but the sound is degraded. Forecasters believe the tower is still iced up, and the sound won’t improve until the ice melts.
UPDATED: Information provided by Webster Electric Coop:
(as of 2:30 p.m.)
“We have lost the phone lines at the Cooperative and are down to one line for our members to call in their outages.We are aware of most of them. We ask for their patience in calling in and they will need to leave their name, address and contact phone number. If they have already reported earlier they need not call again.”
Webster Electric Cooperative spokeswoman Suzy Hemenway says there are still somewhere around the 500 members out of power.
She adds that the ice can play a nasty game of cat and mouse with the linemen. Sometimes just when the line is brought back up another limb or weight of ice takes it out again.
She tells KTTS News that she has all linemen and extra contract crews, both line and tree trimmers working on restoring power.
KTTS NEWS will have more updates will be available throughout the evening.
(as of 11:05 a.m.)
“We were able to restore power to the city of Fordland which cut our numbers down drastically. Also Webster Electric Coop wants to remind members to stay away from any downed or sagging lines and please report to Cooperative their location. 417-859-2216. We want to thank them for their patience and understanding!”
Webster Electric Cooperative spokeswoman Suzy Hemenway says around 1000 members are without power.
A pocket of significant ice build up on our system west of Rogersville through Fordland and into Diggins both north and south of 60 Hwy has caused outages throughout the night. Lineman are working to restore power to our members.
Tree crews have also been called out to help with limbs that continue to fall across that area. More updates will be available throughout the day.