July 11, 2013

200 to 300 without power in Cass Co. Wednesday

By Misty Knisely and Amie Sites Pharos-Tribune

---- — WALTON — It seems Mother Nature had her sights set on Kathy Rush, Walton. At her home in the 100 block of Grace Street, Rush stood protected from the lingering rain on her porch, surveying the damage that lay before her on the front lawn.

Three long-standing trees were downed during the storm that howled through town Wednesday afternoon.

Among them, much to Rush’s dismay, was a much-loved black locust tree. Rush planted the tree too long ago to remember the year, but she remembers why she planted it.

“It has special meaning to me,” she said. “I brought a seedling home from the river and planted it.”

Rush said she’s heard stories of Indians using black locust trees for many reasons, mostly due the ability to bend the limbs.

The seedling came from a property on the Wabash River that was formerly owned by an Indian family, making it even more special to Rush.

“I just love the story behind it,” she said.

The mess on her front yard isn’t the only problem Rush is left with after the storm. She has a rental property across town and had already received a call that a tree was down there as well.

Elsewhere in the county, there were 200 to 300 people without power around 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, said Paul Hartman, Logansport Municipal Utilities superintendent.

As of 5 p.m., about 100 customers were without power, mostly in the Clymers area. Hartman expected it to be restored in two hours.

Hartman said the outages were sporadic around the county but there were more outages toward the southeast quadrant of the county.

Multiple trees limbs were down throughout the county, including some uprooted trees, according to Alvin Beckman, Cass County Emergency Management Agency director. Winds were about 60 to 70 mph in some areas, he said.

A telephone pole snapped on 50 East just south of 400 South in the county, he added.

Hartman said about seven utility poles were down along the south side of the county, around the south side of Clymers.

“There was a lot of flash flooding and standing water on the roadways,” Beckman said. “There could be an additional inch. The county will probably experience flooding and some roads will have water across them.”

The county had a flash flood warning for Cass County through 3:45 p.m. and the southern part of the county had a severe thunderstorm warning through 2:15 p.m.

Amie Sites is a staff reporter for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or


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