DCFD, Kenergy respond to west side storm damage

May 26, 2019

UPDATE – 8:06 p.m.

Daviess County Fire Department Chief Dwane Smeathers confirmed after responding to the area that several barns, buildings and a couple of homes had roof damage due to high winds Sunday afternoon.

According to Smeathers, several trees were down at Diamond Lake Campground and Resort damaging some campers and cottages on site. One tree that was uprooted caused damage to the campground’s water line. Smeathers said the St. Joseph Volunteer Fire Department and community members at Diamond Lake were able to clear the roadways at the campground and get debris off of campers.


“It’s going to be a long process to get every thing back to the way it was,” he said. “But the community is going to survive. Just going to take some time to clean up.”

According to Daviess County Emergency Management Agency Director Andy Ball, only straight line winds are suspected to be the cause of the damage.

An afternoon storm system that moved through Daviess Count left some residents with damage to homes and property.

According to Daviess County Fire Department Chief Dwane Smeathers, they have reports of homes and buildings with roof damage. He said there were several trees down blocking areas of Highways 500 and 815, but the St. Joseph Volunteer Fire Department and Kenergy worked to clear the area.

Smeathers told Owensboro Times that he was in route to Diamond Lake Resort and the surrounding area, where DCFD received reports of damage.

Currently Kenergy is working to restore power to 584 customers. Just after the storm passed through the west side of Daviess County, there were as many as 826 customers without power.

According to Leslie Neeley, communications and public relations specialist for Kenery Corp., two feeders are out at the St. Joseph substation. Crews are currently on site working, but Neeley did not have an estimated time of restoration.

Owensboro Times is following the situation and will update this story as more information is made available.


May 26, 2019

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