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Brown County Residents Suffer From Severe Weather Conditions

Brown County Residents pick up the pieces after severe weather cut power and water on Tuesday.

Several southern Indiana counties suffered damage from the severe storms Tuesday, including Brown County, much of which was left without running water and electricity.

The Jackson Township Fire Department Captain Chris Roth says that he’s been working almost all night. He also suffered damage in his own home with a leaking roof, damage trees, loss of power and telephone services. Roth says he understands first-hand what the residents are experiencing, but he’s giving his time and effort to assist in getting the town back up.

“The most damage I’ve encountered is north of 45, closer to Morgan County. Also, I was working last night for almost five hours, on Freeman Ridge that has received a lot of damage.”

Roth says it’s one of Brown County’s highest points.  “The winds went through it and did an abundant amount of damage to power lines, and telephone lines everything is down,” says Roth.

All power should be restored within the next 48 hours, but in the mean time Brown County residents are left without fresh clean running water.

“No one is allowed to use the water. The water in the lines, but our pumping station is down, so we cannot pressurize and move water.”

Roth advises residents to stay away from power lines. Also all residents should not use the water, until officials have released the “No Use” warning.

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Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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