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Electricity, Water Repairs Needed in Clark County

Officials say utility companies are working long hours to restore access to water and electricity in towns hit by tornadoes last Friday.

Utility companies in Marysville, IN, are attempting to restore power as quickly as possible.

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Utility companies in Marysville, IN, are attempting to restore power as quickly as possible.

Efforts are underway in Clark County to get electricity and water back up and running for the residents of Henryville and Marysville, two southern Indiana towns hit by tornadoes this weekend.

Henryville has a boil water alert in effect and will for the next few days as water lines are repaired and cleaned. In Marysville, officials say water is safe for drinking. In both towns, officials report that residents have access to an abundance of bottled water.

Clark County Commissioner John Perkins says utility companies are working hard to make sure water and electric are available for people as soon as possible.

“I’ve never seen so many utility trucks in my life combined,” he says. “I’m not exaggerating when I say there was a minimum of 20 utility trucks from all over different rural electric companies coming in to help to reset utility poles and string wires.”

Perkins says utility companies estimate it will take another 10 days to make electricity available. He also says that, in the mean time, people are making do with what they have.

“Many people are staying put,” Perkins says. “Many people have access and portable generators. I think most people are staying pretty close to home and doing what they can do to salvage what’s left.”

Perkins says most people he’s spoken to in the affected areas are planning to rebuild.

Julie Rawe

Julie is Assistant Producer of Noon Edition. In addition to reporting for WFIU, she also works as an intern for NPR's State of the Re:Union. She is a graduate of Indiana University where she studied French, anthropology, and African studies.

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