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Storms damage private bridges in Calhoun County

GRANTSVILLE — At least four privately owned culvert or access bridges were damaged or destroyed by heavy rains in Calhoun County over the weekend.

Julie Sears, director of Calhoun 911 and Office of Emergency Services, said she’d just been notified of the fourth on Wednesday morning, three days after the second of two heavy rain events battered the northern part of the county.

“Some are using creek crossings; some are using a walking bridge,” she said.

The first storm came through Friday evening, dumping about 2 inches of rain in a 30- to 60-minute period, Sears said.

On Sunday, another storm came through, sending water rising again and taking down a number of tree branches, she said. As a result, approximately 1,400 power outages were reported in the county on Monday.

“MonPower was quick to get it back on,” she said.

Water was not reported in any houses, although several had water go under their skirting or underpinning, Sears said.

Cleanup efforts were continuing Wednesday, with some Frontier lines for cable and Internet still down, she said.

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