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June 10, 2014

Weekend storm brings chaos to PV

emann@pvdemocrat.com — It’s hard to complain about the drought, when much needed showers dropped up to five inches of rain throughout Garvin County this past weekend.

This same series of storms resulted in some of the worst damage Pauls Valley has seen in years.

Hail, damaging winds and rain meant hours were spent into early morning responding to residents impacted.

“We didn’t cut out of here until close to two in the morning and we were back at 8 a.m. Sunday morning,” said assistant police chief Derrick Jolley. “We were definitely calling extra help.”

The damage has been widespread including downed trees and power lines and roofs that were ripped apart, according to Jolley.

 “We’ve seen a lot of damage,” said Jolley. “It was chaos.”

According to OG&E, well over 2,000 customers were without electricity when the first system rolled through. They began restoring electricity Sunday with hopes of having most of it restored Monday evening.

This resulted in a high volume of calls the normal number of officers couldn’t handle.

The street department came out worked all night as well and partnered with the police to manage streets blocked by fallen trees and limbs.

“All of the damage it seemed like straight line winds,” said Jolley. “We looked for things twisted around, but didn’t see it… everything seemed to be going one direction.”

Along with the wind, the rain impacted areas like downtown, where high waters made several streets impassable. Jolley noted how he had to pull one patrol car out of the water in town with his truck. That led to many of them using their own vehicles so they could get around.

“It was high enough in some places I had to use my four wheel drive,” said Jolley. “With our patrol cars out it was too deep in places. The absolute worst I went through was near the courthouse along Grant Avenue.”

Jolley address concerns about roofing companies coming in and potentially taking advantage of local residents.

Some of the initial calls received involved individuals claiming to be with insurance companies. They were climbing on top of people’s roofs, taking video and then telling them they had damage.

Jolley said that officers have approached individuals asking them to go to city hall if they do not have the permits.

He also recommended that residents make sure contractors have the necessary permits before allowing any work. He said that the local businesses are not usually the ones engaging in such practices.

“If people come to the door ask them for their permit” said Jolley. “People need to be cautious because they could be getting scammed.”

“A lot of these guys going door to door are just in it for a quick buck. A true business is not going to have a problem doing what is required.”

A full gallery of storm damage photos can be found at: http://photos.paulsvalleydailydemocrat.com/Weather/PV-Storm-Damage-June-2014

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