Lightning damages equipment in Scott County

Friday, August 29, 2008

BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County officials are still trying to determine how much communication equipment was damaged by lightning last week.

"We're still operational but some of the lines are limited,"said Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger during the regular County Commission meeting Tuesday. "We did have damage to radio and telephone equipment. It's all in the process of being analyzed and turned in to insurance. They're trying to analyze everything to see if we have any further damage."

The equipment, which is at the county's Communication Center and at the sheriff's office, was reportedly damaged during the storms Aug. 21.

"They called over Friday and said they had some damage," said County Clerk Rita Milam said.

Burger said officials do not have a dollar figure for the damage yet.

"It's kind of up in the air. Some of it is AT&T equipment problems," Burger said. He said that once AT&T fixes all its equipment, the county can determine how much of its own equipment is damaged.

Burger said the county did have protective devices in place for lightning strikes.

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