City assesses storm damage
by Emily Peacock
Oct 12, 2011 | 356 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Damages as a result of a violent storm system that swept through the Mississippi Delta on Sept. 26 have been accessed for Cleveland.

“We had damages to the water pump on Leflore. It got torn up,” said John Lindsey, chief administrating officer for Cleveland. “We don’t know how it got damaged but it was $16,000 in repairs.”

He also mentioned there was a data recorder as well as a computer assisted dispatch at the police station that got damaged but the damage to the dispatch was minor.

“However, the data recorder was at least $8,000 in repairs,” he said.

According to Lindsey, there was damage to the awning on the fire station, which was at least $2,400.

He also mentioned a hanger door was blown off at the David Work Municipal Airport.

“There wasn’t any major damage to the door, it just needs to be reattached,” he said.

Lindsey went on to say the wind took three transport trailers near Baxter and piled them on top of each other.

“The city transplanted some crepe myrtle trees near Baxter and three or four of them were uprooted,” said Lindsey.

Even roughly two weeks after the severe weather, Lindsey has received a call reporting further damage.

“We received a call yesterday from the library,” he said. “They said they were having issues with an air conditioning unit. We’re not sure what happened to it, possibly lightning struck it.”

As for further damages, he said, “Sometimes you don’t know the damages until we start using some of our things again.”

Lindsey mentioned other unseen costs such as debris clean-up.

“Just the clean-up costs with fuel and landfill to pick up limbs and get them off the streets, that’s a significant sum as well,” he said. “We don’t have a figure for these costs, I just informed the board at their monthly meeting of these other unseen costs.

“We were fortunate that we didn’t have any trees in our right of way to fall and damage anyone’s property,” he added.