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Berne took less of a hit than Decatur-But got lot more rainfall

July 3, 2012

Baltimore St. at Buckeye St. in Berne still closed on Monday. (Photo by J Swygart)

    The city of Berne largely escaped the brunt of Friday's storm, although another round of thunderstorms late Sunday afternoon dropped .8 of an inch of badly-needed rainfall on the community.
    "We were lucky," said Berne Mayor Bill McKean of the relatively light damage suffered in the city.
    On Monday morning only two streets in Berne were closed to through traffic due to damage caused during the Friday afternoon storm. A large tree remained across Baltimore Street, just north of Buckeye Street, making passage impossible. A small section of Fulton Street was also closed as a broken tree limb hung precariously above the roadway.
    Clerk-treasurer Gwen Maller said the Friday storm knocked out electrical power to the entire city. Most of Berne had electricity returned by Saturday evening, although other pockets of the city waited until 8 p.m. Sunday to have their service restored, she said.
    The mayor said generators at the city's waste water treatment plant and well fields were turned off by Saturday evening.
    McKean, a barber, joked that he cut hair at his shop on Saturday morning with the aid of a generator.
    The mayor said city crews worked until approximately 10 p.m. Friday to get all streets in the city passable, and on Monday began the task of picking up storm debris from residences. While limb collection is normally limited to Fridays in Berne, city crews will work throughout the week to collect downed limbs caused by the storm, said McKean. "The city employees, they've done a great job" of cleaning up the storm's aftermath.
 

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