Emergency Management gets early start on damage assessment

There are multiple reports of downed power lines in Holden and Warrensburg on Saturday morning, Aug. 17.

HOLDEN — No more did Johnson County Emergency Management and other first responders get cleaned up from Thursday night’s, Aug. 15, round of storms did they get to do it all over again Saturday morning, Aug. 17.

An additional round of storms hit Johnson County early Saturday morning.

The first round of storms on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 16, were contained to the Knob Noster area.

Saturday’s storms were reported to have the most impact on the Warrensburg and Holden areas.

There were multiple reports of downed power lines and power outages throughout the county.

According to the KCP&L website, more than 4,000 customers had their power affected by the storms.

The National Weather Service out of Kansas City/Pleasant Hill issued a severe thunderstorm warning at 4:30 and 5 a.m. Saturday.

Strong winds and hail were projected to accompany the storms.

EMA Director Troy Armstrong said wind gusts were clocked as fast as 92 mph.

Johnson County Emergency Management visited the Holden area early Saturday morning to conduct damage assessment before heading to do the same thing in the Warrensburg area.

Interim Fire Chief Doyle Oxley of the Warrensburg Fire Department said the storm most affected the area of town between Gay Street and Hale Lake Road and that firefighters responded to 21 calls related to the storm from 4:30 to 8 a.m. Saturday.

Armstrong said Holden city crews joined EMA in clearing roadways to ensure emergency vehicles could travel the streets when needed.

Some people on Facebook sought the EMA’s help for cleaning up debris on private property.

However, Armstrong said EMA was only able to help clear debris on public roads and easements.

A post from the Warrensburg Police Department’s Facebook page stated there were multiple down power lines Saturday morning throughout Warrensburg.

A Facebook post from EMA reminded people to stay away from downed power lines.

Armstrong said one of the biggest obstacles in cleaning up was removing debris from the power lines.

Armstrong said Warrensburg city crews were also out clearing the streets Saturday morning.

He said as of 8:30 a.m., there were no reports of structural damage throughout the county.

Armstrong did confirm Monday morning, Aug. 19, that there were reports of structural damage later in the day on Saturday.

For the second day in a row, the American Red Cross visited Johnson County and assisted in clean-up efforts.

Armstrong said the Red Cross assisted in finding shelter for Johnson Countians as three more residences on Saturday were deemed uninhabitable.

The Red Cross helped find shelter for those displaced by the storm.

Managing Editor of Digital Publishing Derek Brizendine can be reached by emailing derek.brizendine@dsjnow.com, by calling (660) 747-8123 or on Twitter at @DerekBrizendine.

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