STORMS AND HEAVY RAIN DRENCH BOND COUNTY AND SURROUNDING AREAS
Greenville firefighters, local law enforcement officers, state troopers and Southwestern power workers were busy Sunday, as the remnants of Hurricane Ike hit the Midwest. Heavy rain and high winds hit the Bond County area about 9:00 Sunday morning. Downed trees, power lines and power poles kept emergency personnel busy. A tree was reported down at 9:36 on Ashbury Street in Greenville. Power poles were down along Rt. 140, West of Smithboro, at 9:37 and Smithboro firemen were paged to a report of a power pole on fire at 3rd and Main in Smithboro, at 9:45. At 9:53, Pocahontas firemen were dispatched to a report of a tree on fire on Academy Street, in Pocahontas. Smithboro firemen were called again at 10:11 to a report of wires down at 5th and Jefferson Streets in Smithboro and Greenville firemen were paged to a pole on fire on Eden Lane.
Greenville firefighters responded, after a tree limb took a power line down on Rocky Mountain Road, a little after 1:00 PM. Firefighters were on the scene for about an hour. 1,025 Southwestern Electric members were without power Sunday. Linemen from Bond, Fayette, and Madison Counties worked to repair damages. District 18 State Police reported flooded roadways and underpasses Sunday morning. The Highland Police department received reports, of downed trees and power lines. There was also some flooding of roads and streets in Highland.
As of 5:50 Monday morning, Ameren was reporting 8,636 customers without power in the Metro east and Southern Illinois.
REGISTER TO VOTE
Voting is one of the best ways to get your voice heard, making sure you are registered is the first step. County Clerk Randy Reitz answered some questions you may have. Because the liquor referendum is on the ballot for Bond County, it is important that you get registered and vote. The last chance to register for voting on November 4th is October 7th.
FATAL ACCIDENT IN MACOUPIN COUNTY
A car accident in Macoupin County claimed the life of a Brighton man. 35 year-old David Freer was traveling southbouth on Fosterburg Road, when his truck exited the roadway to the right and went about two feet into the ditch. Freer brought his truck back onto the road and then overcorrected back to the right causing his crew cab truck to rotate and overturn in the ditch, landing about 200 feet off the road, on the passenger's side. Freer was pronounced dead at the scene.