Electric poles down: Storm’s impact slows morning traffic but no major damage reported in GF

Friday, March 13, 2020
A crew works to clear a downed power line on Highway 62 in Green Forest Wednesday after storms rolled through in the early hours of the morning.
Scott Loftis/Carroll County News

By Haley Schichtl


Residents of Green Forest might have been late to work or school Wednesday, but no one dealt with significant damage from early morning storms.

Green Forest police chief John Bailey said the storm’s biggest impact was its effect on Wednesday morning traffic.

“We had Main Street shut down for probably an hour or more,” Bailey said. “There were four or five consecutive poles blown over across the whole highway. We finally got one lane of traffic opened up so we could get things moving through.”

Many of the school buses ran late because of the poles on Highway 62.

Bailey said he didn’t hear of any power outages.

Green Forest fire department administrative assistant Kristy Lambert said the old gas pumps that are no longer in operation at the tobacco store were ripped up and knocked over.

“There were just a few reports of some shingles and porches damaged,” Mayor Jerry Carlton said. “There were some tree limbs down.”

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