Decatur firefighters battle a fire at Custom Car Care's storage building, a fire started by power lines being knocked down.. (Photo by Jannaya Andrews)
The power outage from the accident on Thursday seemed to have more of an effect on residents and businesses on the west side of 13th Street. Some restaurants — such as Taco Bell, Wendy's, and Subway, all close to the proximity of the original accident — were without power until about around 7 p.m. Thursday.
Food establishments north of the intersection of 13th and Monroe to 13th and Washington were affected, but stores on the east side of the street between Washington and Jackson Street mostly had power restored by 11:30 a.m. A few places south of Jackson Street —such as Dairy Queen, Kentucky Fried Chicken/Long John Silver's, and Arnold's — took about six hours longer to get power restored.
Establishments north of Washington Street — such as the Back 40 Junction, Casa Grande, Spring Garden, and El Camino — were not affected by a loss of power.
Only one restaurant, Pizza Hut, remained closed and without electrical power as of 10 p.m. Thursday. A Pizza Hut manager said much of the cold-storage food at their location was immediately transferred to the Berne Pizza Hut so it would not have to be thrown away. Pizza Hut had a generator at the store Thursday afternoon, providing limited power to keep supplies cold until they could be transferred.
Adams County Health Department inspectors were busy in the afternoon and evening hours checking establishments up and down Monroe Street and W. Nuttman Avenue. Reports indicated some restaurants had disposed of some food as a precaution because of possible temperature abuse but all establishments had proper temperatures in their coolers and freezers.
Residents in the area got another blast of what it was like during their wind storm of two weeks ago today as they went without power as well — some until the early evening.