Electrical power lost on coldest day since '65

Jean Folkerts, left, happened to be visiting Westside Assisted Living Suites tenant Luverna Jacobs during the power outage in Clarksville Monday. The two still enjoyed one another’s company with just emergency lights on. (Pat Racette Photo)

At 8:25 a.m. Monday, the City of Clarksville lost electrical power on the coldest day recorded since 1965.

Temperatures and wind chills made for -30 and -40 degree weather conditions. A total of 690 households and building were without power, along with 768 in Butler County.

Lights came on around 9 and 11 a.m., but only for a couple minutes before shutting off again. MidAmerican Energy, meanwhile, drove heavy-duty trucks throughout town, going up and down streets in search of the malfunction.

Already dealing with the house fire northwest of town in the Artic-feeling day, Butler County Emergency Services Coordinator Mitch Nordmeyer found out about the power outage and was initially concerned about the Clarksville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

See full story in the Jan. 9 Tribune-Journal and Clarksville Star.