Thursday night system downs trees, power linesPublished 3:28pm Sunday, June 30, 2013
A storm front that swept through the area late Thursday night downed trees and power lines in the county.
One of those fallen trees was a century and a half year old oak that crushed the back porch of a home on Mansion Street.
The 1848 house is owned by Cedric Beumer.
“He came home last night and the tree was already down,” said Johan Beumer, Cedric’s brother. “He has been planning to renovate the place, but I don’t think this is what he had in mind.”
Beumer said the home was built by Elmore County’s first marshal, and over the course of its existence also housed a funeral home.
He pointed out another small tree that was downed, along with a large branch in another tree.
“Judging by its size, we figure the big tree that fell was at least as old as the house, maybe even older,” said Beumer.
Eric Jones, Elmore County Emergency Management Agency director, said trees were downed in a widespread swatch across the central and eastern portions of Elmore County.
“We also had several power lines go down and a few fire calls that could have stemmed from lighting, but we’re not sure about those yet,” he said.
Jones said his agency would be watching developing weather systems closely Friday because a significant threat was predicted – “probably worse than last night.”
He added that his agency is always prepared to help anyone out in case of emergency, along with local firefighters, law enforcement, public works and utility companies.