Storm Clean Up Continues in Ralls Co, Perry, Mark Twain Lake
Clean-up efforts and restoration of power work continues in the aftermath of Friday’s severe storms in the area.
The focus on power restoration is in Ralls County. Officials with Ralls County Rural Electric Cooperative report they have had to reset over 40 utility poles that were damaged by the storm.
Once the resetting of poles is complete, crews hope to spend today getting smaller line sections back on line and more power restored.
Officials say nearly 60 workers are working on restoring power to Ralls County Electric Cooperative customers.
The Ralls County community of Perry was especially hard hit by Friday night’s storms.
Emergency crews, residents and volunteers have spent the weekend cleaning up after the storms.
Help has been coming to Perry not only from people who have come to help with the cleanup, but also individuals and businesses who have provided food and water to those putting in long hours to get Perry back up and running.
A check of Facebook shows there is a volunteer chainsaw crew in Perry offering their help. If you are in Perry and need their services, you can call 573-406-8072.
MFA Oil is providing a BBQ lunch Monday from 11 to 1 for residents and utility workers at Perry Baptist Church.
Businesses ranging from MooShine’s to the New London Dollar General to Fiddlestiks, Liter’s VP, The Junction and Due Amici’s Pizzaria have all provided food and/or water for the cleanup workers in Perry.
The Mark Twain Lake area was another location that was hard hit by Friday night’s storms.
Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Sunday the Ray Behrens and Frank Russell Campgrounds at Mark Twain Lake are closed through next Sunday because of the large amount of storm debris and a lack of water and sewer service in the campgrounds.
Officials were offering alternate camping sites at Indian Creek Campgrounds and Mark Twain State Park, but they advise the number of sites at those locations are limited.
Also, the South Fork Recreation Area at the lake will be closed to the public for about four days starting Tuesday.
Officials say the boat ramp will be used as a staging area to demobilize work barge units used for the erosion protection project.