Red Cross, fire dept. offer shelter during storm repairs in Oakland City


The power is back on in Oakland City, and roads are back open, after storms ripped through Gibson County on Thursday.
“We had a lot of trees down, lines down, roofs, obviously they’ve already seen the storage shed and the buildings out at the golf course,” said Oakland City Police Chief Tim Gaines.

After a day of recovery efforts, the lights are back on in oakland city, after storms left many without power.

“Duke has put on the lines and hopefully the power’s back on for everybody here in town, I hope it stays on,” said Oakland City Fire Chief James Deffendall.

Just before 7:00 p.m I64,which crews shut down to restore power and clear debris, was back open.

 The Red Cross was on scene to assess damage and make sure everyone had a place to keep warm after the storm.

“When they closed the road there were a couple people who couldn’t get home, so a couple people came, you know, to stay for that.” said Jason Bradshaw. with the American Red Cross.

The fire department opened their doors at 4:30 p.m. to the community. No one was injured or permanently displaced, but about three people took shelter from the weather while elecytric and other repairs were made.

“We did go out door to door and check on people, and they were all pretty well okay with what was going on, and if it got any later or any colder they were gonna come in,” said Deffendall.

Indiana DNR, state police and multiple other agencies were on scene to help throughout the day. The biggest challenge: Sightseers.

“A  lot of sightseers that were getting in the way, we kinda had to worry about them stepping- being in the wrong spot where the hot wires were at,” said Gaines.

Clean-up will continue Friday.   

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(This story was originally published on February 7, 2019)

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