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Radio tower struck by lightning at Courthouse

April 18, 2014
By Joyce Wiese, News-Herald Correspondent and Andrew Potter, Times Republican , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

A lightning strike to the emergency communications tower slowed operations for a couple of hours late Saturday night into Sunday morning in Tama County.

The tower, located next to the Tama County Courthouse in Toledo, was struck at approximately midnight, said Tama County Sheriff Dennis Kucera.

Kucera told the Tama County Board of Supervisors Monday the amount of damage was not immediately known. Kucera said he had stayed until 4 a.m. at the office after getting word of the damage

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LEFT- Although it still stands tall, The radio communications tower at the Tama County Courthouse in downtown Toledo appeared none-the-worse for wear on the exterior on Tuesday after being struck by lightening during the night Saturday. Full extent of the damage was still be determined on Monday when Sheriff Dennis Kucera reported to the Board of Supervisors. News-Herald/John Speer

"We had one console that went down and it took out some of our security cameras," Kucera said.

He said they still had another console that handles 911 calls, fire, sheriff's office and ambulance dispatch, so service was slowed, not stopped.

The good news is it was not a busy emergency situation night for the county during the time one console was down, he said.

"We were able to manage with one console," Kucera said.

Kucera said their vendor was contacted and they worked in the early morning hours to fix the issue, which took a couple of hours.

"We are pretty much fully operational," Kucera said Monday.

Road Report

Lyle Brehm, county engineer, reported to supervisors the county road department has been busy hauling rock and doing some patching on the hard surfaced roads in the county. Brehm said he feels the roads are in pretty good shape for a harsh winter. He said the work on the bridges are coming along satisfactorily.

Brehm also said the pumps they had been working on at the county shed is now in working order. The pumps were in working order before they poured some cement this past week. This was a job they had been wanting to get done for some time.

Poweshiek Water requested a permit for work to be done at 2016 QQ Avenue near Traer. This will be for drilling underneath a road.

Claims approved for the past week totaled $502,169.



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