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Evarts crews clean up after Monday's storms

By: Michelle Heron Email
By: Michelle Heron Email
The National Weather Service confirms straight line winds reaching 90 miles per hour caused damage throughout the county.

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EVARTS, Ky. (WYMT)- The city of Evarts took the hardest hit by Mother Nature in yesterday’s storms.

Power crews and chainsaws were out in full force to remove debris and restore power.

Bogie Burkhart co-owns Cloverfork Gun & Pawn and witnessed Mother Nature’s strength.

“The wind just got faster and faster and faster,” Burkhart said.

The National Weather Service confirms straight line winds reaching 90 miles per hour caused damage throughout the county.

“And then all of the sudden, ‘Boom!’ The wall fell,” Burkhart added.

Including part of an outside wall of bricks to blow off the side of the pawn shop.

“It’s a good thing no one was out there because it would have killed them,” Burkhart said.

Those same winds ripped a tree out of the ground by its roots where it landed on top of a house on King Street. Across town, snapped trees made a dangerous situation for people on Moore Lane, just before the Ages community. They landed on top of power lines.

Randy Brackett owns the Evarts Marathon Gas Station and the Dairy Hut restaurant across the street where the worst damage happened.

“We’re trying to get this one secured up and the power back on so we can open it back up,” Brackett said.

He spent the day cleaning up debris and meeting with insurance adjusters as well as folks from throughout the community.

“The people came out there, the people, local people came out to help clean up, it was just wonderful the support we got,” he added.

Power crews are still working to restore power in some parts of the county.

There were no serious injuries reported in Monday’s storms.


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