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Storm Sat/Sun 17-18 Dec 2016 - causes damage, power outage

UPDATE: At 5:32amCT, 18 Dec 2016: Temperatures have fallen below freezing, roadways are wet, and black ice may be a possibility in some area, particularly bridge surfaces, which freeze before roadways. More photos added. Story in progress. Click on headline for photo(s) as added.

Storm story compiled by ColumbiaMagazine.com

At approximately 11:08pmCT, Saturday night, December 17, 2016 power was off at ColumbiaMagazine.com main center near Downtown Columbia, KY, and did not come back on until approximately 2amCT, Sunday, December 18, 2016. When we called Adair 911 just after the outage confirmed that Fortune Street was not the only place having a blackout. The dispatcher said, "Yes ma'am, power is off all over town; transformer damaged, roofs blown off, and power may be off all night but they are working on it."


At 11:19pmCT, Sat 17 Dec 2016 Ofc. Josh Brockman of the Columbia Police Department sent photos of roof damage on the public square with this note "Columbia Police Department on scene at the public square due to a large roof being blown off from a local business. The south side of square is temporarily impassible at 11:05 pm but boards and other debris are being quickly moved from roadway."


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Storm Sat 17 Dec 2016: Roof blown off downtown business II



2016-12-18 - 200 Quadrant Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ofc. Josh Brockman.
(11:19pmCT, Sat 17 Dec 2016) - Ofc. Josh Brockman of the Columbia Police Department writes: "12-16-16 Columbia Police Department on scene at the public square due to a large roof being blown off from a local business . The south side of square is temporarily impassible at 11:05 pm but boards and other debris are being quickly moved from roadway."

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Storm Sat 17 Dec 2016: Roof blown off downtown business - I



2016-12-18 - 200 Quadrant Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ofc. Josh Brockman, Columbia Police Department.
(11:19pmCT, Sat 17 Dec 2016) - Ofc. Josh Brockman of the Columbia Police Department writes: "12-16-16 Columbia Police Department on scene at the public square due to a large roof being blown off from a local business . The south side of square is temporarily impassible at 11:05 pm but boards and other debris are being quickly moved from roadway."

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Storm Sat 17 Dec 2016: Cedar tree across Greensburg Street



2016-12-18 - Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
A large Eastern Red Cedar, downed by Saturday night's storm, 17 Dec 2016, at around 11amCT, was removed by the Kentucky Highway Department Adair County crew, with just a bit of debris on the roadway, seen in this photo taken at 3:26amCT, Sunday morning. For a time, according to Columbia Police Officer Johnny Dial, the roadway was blocked in this area just north of Indian Drive. - EW

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Storm Sat 17 Dec 2016: Ofc. Johnny Dial



2016-12-18 - In front of Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
Ofc. Johnny Dial of the Columbia Police Department, was keeping tabs on problem areas in Columbia following the late Saturday night storm which caused a power outage in Columbia, peeled a relatively new roof off the Harris Law office, downed trees and blocked city roadways, and included a downpour which temporarily flooded Jamestown Street at Lynn's Service Center. The photo was taken at around 3:20amCT, as crews had mostly made blocked passages passable. With additional officers called including and at the direction of Columbia Police Chief Jason Cross, there were, at the height of the emergency, six CPD officers on active duty. - EW

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Storm Sat 17 Dec 2016: Power repair finish up Sun 18 Dec 2016



2016-12-18 - Maple Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
A crew working on behalf of Kentucky Utilities was completing repair to a transformer on Maple Tree, on Sunday Morning, between 3am and 4amCT. A tree downed on Saturday morning was the culprit, apparently. KU received high praise for quick action following the storm. Power was out in town for about 3 hours, Saturday/Sunday. - Ed Waggener

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Storm Sat 17 Dec 2016: Unlit crosses still visible



2016-12-18 - 200 Quadrant Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
The storm last night peeled off the new roof over the Harris Law Office on the Public Square, with debris initially blocking the Square. For a while, before power was restored, the three crosses atop the Red Brick Studio were scarcely visible. This photo was taken after power was restored, at around 4amCT, Sunday morning. Other damage in the downtown included signs blown off perpendicular, and some Christmas Postcards blown aside. - EW

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Storm Sat 17 Dec 2016: Tree down on power lines Burkesville Street



2016-12-18 - 400 Block Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
A large tree is suspended by utility lines on Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY. Much of the debris had been cleared from the roadway at 8:42amCT, Sunday, December 18, 2016. - EW

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Storm Sat 17 Dec 2016: Roof situation at Harris Law office



2016-12-18 - From Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
When the winds peeled off the new metal roof over the Harris Law office and dumped it on the square, it also appears to have damaged Mr. Harris' Red Brick Studio building roof, left, and, to a small extent, the roof on the right of the law office building. Crews were on the scene Sunday morning to attend to the situation. - EW

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Storm Sat 17 Dec 2016: Evergreen down Akin & Tutt Streets



2016-12-18 - SE Corner, Akin & Tutt Streets, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com (c). A landmark (spruce? hemlock?) evergreen tree, well over a half-century old, was downed by last night's storm. Akin Street was closed Sunday morning, 18 Dec 2016 when this photo was taken. The residence in the background is known perhaps most widely the Delmar & Mable Upchurch residence. - EW
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Storm Sat 17 Dec 2016: Dreamland Sign damaged



2016-12-18 - Corner Tutt & Jamestown Streets, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
The sign directing tourists and travelers to Dreamland Motel lost a panel in the storm last night (we think). Anyone with a different notion, just let us know. - EW

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Stage of Construction: Begley Apartment Complex, Hurt Street



2016-12-19 - Hurt Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
The Jon Begley Apartment Complex is really taking shape, on the left, in this photo taken Sunday morning, December 18, 2016 to capture a White Christmas - and while checking for storm damage. Only a very minor loosening of roof cover is visible in this shot. - EW

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Storm Sat 17 Dec 2016: Christmas Postcard Village casualty



2016-12-19 - Historic Adair County Courthouse, 500 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
Many of the Christmas Postcard Village Displays were temporarily down following the windstorm just before midnight Saturday, December 17, 2016. This photo was taken mid morning, Sunday. We'll post when we get news that the cards are all back up. They are quite an attraction for the continuing Christmas in Columbia. - EW

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Town Horses after stormy night Sat 17 Dec 2016



2016-12-19 - Hurt Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
Hurt Street shortcut users saw a peaceful scene on a running, but calm Town Creek Sunday morning, as the town horses on Roseland Plantation visited the stream. But only 10 hours earlier, the stream had been raging, so much so that the culvert at the bottom of Jamestown Hill, by Lynn's Service Center - the red-roofed building, mid left in frame - could not handle the flow, and water flood Jamestown Street, resulting in a midnight closure for a brief period, according to Ofc. Johnny Dial, who was on duty during the storm. - EW

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Culvert fails in Town Creek flash flooding more often now



2016-12-19 - Foot of Jamestown Hill, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
Scarcely anyone but first responders knew Sunday morning that the Saturday, December 17, 2016 storm, accompanied by heavy rains, produced flooding on Jamestown Street when this culvert again failed to handle the runoff. Such overflows seem to be happening with increased frequency with suspected culprits increased hard surface building on Jamestown, Tutt, and Hurt Streets coupled with decreased vegetation to slow the run off, or perhaps, climate change. Fortunately on Saturday night, Columbia and Adair County's First Responders did a magnificent job of handle the potentially dangerous situation in an efficient, effective manner, while most slept through it, completely unaware of the well organized effort of Columbia Police and the Adair County Sheriff's Office and Kentucky State Police; the Adair 911, Adair County Rescue Squad, the Columbia City Street Department, the Adair County Road Department, and the KY Transportation Cabinet's Adair County Crew, to name just a few. - EW

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