By Kevin Edwards
BC Staff Writer
At this week’s Bolivar County Board of Supervisors meeting, the big topic of discussion was the storm and tornadoes, which swept through the area on Jan. 11.
“Since we last met, we had a very severe storm come through,” said Supervisor Larry King. “Just want to give thanks to everybody that took a part in helping with our citizens, especially our EMA director and board members and others that assisted our citizens.
“Everybody worked together and made everything as convenient as we could for our citizens.”
Sheriff Kelvin Williams discussed damage that befell the Bolivar County Sheriff’s Department and the Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility.
“We had plenty of damage,” said Williams, who mentioned a generator kept essential services in the building powered while electricity was out.
He said a lot of debris was spread throughout the facility’s campus.
“In the front of the building, the tower that was out there fell over the front fence,” Williams said. “The emergency trailer flipped and (the storm) tore it up. The house that’s on the grounds, it cleared the roof, all the shingles on the roof and both sheds that were out there (took damage).
“We had a storage bin out there and (the storm) took it and flipped it, set it in the creek and tore the back fencing down.
“We did have damage to our pumping system, but the generator kicked on.”
Williams said the insurance adjuster was planning to visit to make a total assessment of the damage.
“We made it work with what we had,” said Williams.
Road manager James Prichett received authorization for road repairs in Benoit, Shaw and Rosedale.
The board advised the public that Prichett has been made aware of the numerous issues that were caused by the storm or delayed by it and the road department is getting things done as quickly as they can.
“I know weather is an issue right now, but the road department is out working,” said King.
County engineer Josh McPherson reported, “Bridge 167 on Township Road was closed on Jan. 7, and after the storm came through, the roads flooded. Township is the only elevated road that feeds several subdivisions and homes in that area. The other roads around flooded.
“Along with this, it was in the path of the tornado which took down all the power lines. After the flood came in the contractors came in and repaired the power lines. The road was uncrossable and flooded. It came up so bad. Those homeowners couldn’t get in or out.”
An emergency contractor is working to open the bridge.
“It definitely should be done by Friday as long as the rain continues to hold off.”