County spared brunt of storm damage

Friday, June 28, 2019

By Scott Loftis and Samantha Jones

Weekend storms downed trees across Northwest Arkansas over the weekend, leading to power outages and road closures in the region but local officials say Carroll County was spared from the brunt of the damage.

Arkansas Highway 12 near Clifty was closed to traffic for a period of time on Sunday, as was Arkansas Highway 21 south of Berryville. No details regarding the cause or length of the closures were available Monday.

Nancy Plagge, director of corporate communications for Berryville-based Carroll Electric Cooperative Corp., said “we were minimally impacted here in Carroll County.”

Plagge said 184 customers experienced outages over the weekend.  The average outage lasted 52 minutes, she said.

“Most of them were caused by lightning opening a breaker and/or trees outside of the right of way that fell into the lines,” Plagge said.

Carroll County Judge Sam Barr said he was checking on roads Monday morning. Barr said there were some trees down and some washed-out areas, and county crews were working to repair the damage.

“It’s pretty mild compared to some weather we’ve had,” Barr said.

Berryville Mayor Tim McKinney said there were some clogged drains on city streets and a few tree limbs in the street.

“Other than that we’ve come out pretty good,” McKinney said.

Neither Eureka Springs Mayor Butch Berry nor Green Forest Mayor Jerry Carlton were available for comment Monday.

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