Events canceled due to winter storm

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


The winter storm that came through the area Saturday morning left three areas of the county without power and caused the cancellation of several events scheduled for the weekend.

Washington County Emergency Management Coordinator Marissa Reisen said today that Wellman was without power for close to 12 hours. She said that the area in rural Washington that includes Wal-Mart was without power for several hours on Saturday. She also said early Saturday morning the power went down on Washington square and for several blocks around the square. That power was back on by 7 a.m. She said that West Chester was also out, but power had been restored before 9 a.m. Reisen said that the rural Washington area impacted was without power from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. She stressed Washington County Hospital still had power during the event.

?Power was back on for everyone before the sun went down,? she said. ?It wasn?t terribly cold out so ... small favors.?

Reisen said that Wellman?s power was restored at about 5 p.m. She said that several power poles had been knocked down on Ginkgo Avenue causing the outage.

All day Saturday, Reisen was posting updates on the Washington County Emergency Management Facebook page. She said the page is a good way to get information out to the public. She said that she was having technical difficulties with her email during the event and was unable to access her email addresses, so the Facebook site was convenient.

?Its an easy place to get the information out,? she said. ?I always try to put it out there if I can.?

The fourth annual spring fashion show scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday by Main Street Washington was canceled because the power outage kept Cafe Dodici, where the event was scheduled, from preparing the food for the event.

Main Street Washington director Sarah Grunewaldt could not be reached for comment this morning on whether the show will be rescheduled or if refunds will be given for the tickets to the event.

A book signing planned at the Washington Public Library Saturday morning for ?Grave Marker Symbols A Field Guide,? by Mike Zahs and Loren N. Horton, of Iowa City was postponed when Zahs was in Independence and not able to make it to Washington in time. This morning the library had no information on whether the signing would be rescheduled.

The Washington Evening Journal will report on the rescheduling of events as soon as the information becomes available.

The annual Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for Sunday at the West Chester Heritage Building was rescheduled. The event will now be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 8.