Storm causes damage, outages in Farmville
Adams Publishing Group
Saturday, June 1, 2019
FARMVILLE — A storm with high winds knocked down several trees and limbs and disrupted electric, phone and cable service to much of Farmville on Thursday evening, the town manager said.
Initially, about two thirds of the town’s residents were without power after storms hit, Farmville Manager David Hodgkins reported. Most electricity was was restored within about an hour.
As of Friday morning power had not be restored to approximately 20 customers who had their individual electrical services torn off their houses or otherwise damaged, Hodgkins reported.
Several electric lines and poles were damaged but all had been repaired as of Friday. Town electric personnel worked most of the night to address critical problem areas.
Several large trees and tree limbs fell in the Town Commons, on the grounds of the May Museum and on the campus of Pitt Community College. None of these properties were damaged and no damage has been reported at any town-owned property.
Town public works personnel, along with some contract help, removed trees and debris from many streets. Several public works, fire and police employees worked into the night as well.
“All town employees involved in storm response worked very well together and coordination was excellent,” Hodgkins said.
The mayor and manager implemented a curfew at sundown and extending to 6 a.m. Friday to keep residents away from downed power lines and out of the way of work crews
Clean-up will continue for the next few days.
Residents are encouraged to bring storm debris to curbside as soon as possible. Small items such as small limbs, leaves and sticks should be placed in the brown roll out container and not loose at curbside.
Debris will be collected at curbside free of charge now through June 17.
Storms caused less damage elsewhere in Pitt County.
According to Greenville Utilities, only about two dozen customers were affected in its coverage area. One outage was in the area of Cal Jones Road and the other along Wyatt Street.
An outage that affected more than 400 customers in the university neighborhood for about 45 minutes Friday morning was related to efforts to repair a power pole that burned near a bank of transformers. It was not clear what damaged the pole. Six customers were out of power for more than six hours.