Rain wind cause many problems throughout county

first_imgIntense rainfall and powerful winds took their toll on Clark County on Sunday afternoon as trees fell and residents lost electricity.“It was intense,” said Vancouver fire Capt. Chris Moen. His department responded after two large trees crashed into houses.The big blow came about 3:30 p.m.The National Weather Service said the wind gusted to 55 mph at Vancouver’s Pearson Field at 3:32 and a gust of 58 was recorded in Hockinson at 3:45.“There’s accidents everywhere,” a 911 dispatcher said. “The whole county is pounded.” “It’s wild and wet out there,” Lena Wittler of Clark Public Utilities said at 5:12 p.m. “We have right now a little more than 6,000 customers out of electricity, scattered throughout the county.“We have all of our available (utility) crews out and we also have contract crews out.” By 9:30 p.m., power had been restored to all but 300 customers.From 3 to 4 p.m., about one-fifth of an inch of rain was recorded at Pearson.“We went to a number of trees in the road and power lines down and audible (burglar) alarms,” said Sgt. Tony Barnes of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. He said having electricity go on and off caused many alarms to blare.Moen said a tree split and a 75-foot section landed on a house at 12101 N.E. 18th Street at 3:41 p.m. He said an older couple lives there but they were not injured.At 3:36 p.m., he said a 100-foot tree uprooted and fell on a house at 7008 N.E. 162nd Ave. An older man lives there and he also was not harmed, Moen said.last_img read more