A storm that swept winds up to 92 mph through McPherson County Thursday night downed trees and power lines and knocked out power to many residents.
As of this morning, officials said BPU and Westar were working to restore power to those still without.
Westar reported as many as 50 people without power in the northeast portion of the county and as many as 500 customers without power in the northwest portion of the county. Reports on outages were unavailable from BPU
One multiple-vehicle injury accident was reported on Kansas Highway 61 Thursday night. A McPherson County patrol car was involved in that accident. The lead car slowed down, causing a chain reaction of collisions, McPherson County Sheriff Larry Powell said. The names of those people involved in the accident and further details were not available as of press time.
Capt. Kevin McKean of the McPherson Police Department said law enforcement officers responded to many reports of downed power lines and limbs in roadways Thursday night.
“We have a mess,” he said. “That is for sure.”
To his knowledge, all live power lines had been removed from roadways as of this morning. However, he cautioned drivers to not drive over lines that may be still be down. He urged drivers to choose alternate routes around debris. All power to traffic signals also were reportedly restored as of this morning.
McKean said residents should report any downed power lines to make sure they are not missed by BPU crews.
The hours at the McPherson County transfer station have been extended to accept tree limbs only.
Expanded hours will include the transfer station being open until 7 p.m. today, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday. The station can only accept tree limbs during the extended portion of its hours.
Tom Krammer, McPherson County Public Works director, said crews were out Thursday night picking up limbs from roadways in the county. He urged county residents to report downed limbs in roadways or right of ways as they can cause problems later when ditches are being mowed.
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