Lincoln County storm leaves extensive damage

Between 15 and 30 homes were damaged and at least six destroyed after a violent storm moved Wednesday night through the Lincoln County community of Garrett Bridge, according to officials.

Lincoln County Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Sheila Magness said that despite the destruction, no injuries had been reported.

“We were blessed,” Magness said.

Magness said that access to the hardest-hit areas was being limited to residents and first responders.

“There are so many trees and power lines down and the roads are blocked,” Magness said. “We have to make sure we get the power lines up for safety reasons.”

Marty Trexler, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said that a survey crew will be dispatched to the area within the next several days to determine if a tornado or straight line winds caused the damage.

As of Thursday night, the NWS had preliminarily classified the Garrett Bridge storm as straight line winds of between 70 and 80 miles per hour.

Magness said that homeowners affected by the storm are asked to separate their storm debris according to type and place it at the edge of their property to be picked up by the Lincoln County Road Department.

“This service will start Friday and continue for the next two weeks,” Magness said. “It is specific to storm debris. Nothing else will be picked up. We ask that residents separate debris into different classes and bring it to the right of way.”