Storm heavy, but county escapes damage

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By The Staff

PERRY COUNTY - Powerful storms passing over the county Tuesday night and early Wednesday dumped heavy rain but caused little damage, local officials said.

The area escaped tornadoes that claimed lives and caused widespread damage in Kentucky, Tennessee and other states.

Many areas of the county received more than 2 inches of rain as several lines of storms passed. The county was under severe-thunderstorm warnings at least twice and the northern portion of the county was placed under a tornado warning Tuesday night. However, the only problems reported were a few flooded county roads and one downed tree, Perry County Emergency Management Agency Director Steve Hauser said.

"We lucked out," he said.

It was the second week of severe weather to hit the county. Powerful storms the evening of Jan. 29 downed trees and ripped roofs from barns in several locations. A home was heavily damaged in Leopold.

Perry County Highway Superintendent Ed Feix said low-lying areas of several county roads were under water Wednesday morning after creeks overflowed their banks. Portions of Carlisle, Catnip and Aetna roads were closed, Feix said. A stretch of Canada Road was closed for a time but water had retreated as of 9 a.m. Wednesday

Forecasters were calling for mostly cloudy conditions today with a chance of showers Friday. Conditions were forecast to turn colder over the weekend, with Sunday's high expected to reach only 21.

The Tell City Water Treatment plant recorded 2.05 inches from 6 a.m. Tuesday through 6 a.m. Wednesday. Other areas of the county received 3 or more inches.