No major injuries reported in White County Sunday after storms roared through the county, according to County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson.
“We’ve been pretty lucky,” Robinson said. “Overall, most of the damage is downed trees, downed power lines and some structural damage. Fortunately for for us, the good lord has blessed us. There’s been no serious injuries. And that’s the big thing. You know, we can we can replace power poles and we can replace buildings, but our people are safe. That’s what we’re thankful most for.”
Robinson took a helicopter tour of the county Sunday afternoon, but found not real pattern to the damage. Multiple parts of the county suffered damage.
“We’ve got several houses with trees through the roofs,” Robinson said. “I’ve witnessed a couple of those myself. Several houses with roofs gone. We saw barns and sheds all over the county demolished. It’s hard to give you an exact number, but I would say we’ve probably gotten somewhere neighborhood of 40, 40 homes that had some significant damage.”
Power remains out in large parts of the county Sunday evening. Caney Fork Electric and Volunteer Energy worked all day long to restore power. Robinson said power poles are leaning in other areas.
“The lines are very low to the ground,” Robinson said. “So I’m afraid we’re going to have some vehicles maybe start hitting hitting these lines as it gets darker. So if you’re out. Be very careful. Be observant about what’s above you.”
Two families sheltered Sunday in the County Rescue Squad facility, but both had been placed Sunday evening, Robinson said. Crews from Putnam County helped in dealing with the issues very quickly after the storms hit.
“Everybody has been calling it takes and all the mayors and executives, you know, what can we do to help?,” Robinson said.
Teams will get back to work Monday morning at the Emergency Operations Center.