An update on the Ice Storm that hit McPherson County over the weekend...
-- McPherson Board of Public Utility crews worked until 9 p.m. Monday night trying to restore power to residents. Reported as of 6 a.m. that some customers remained without power, and had a closure trip during the overnight hours at 21st Avenue and Moccasin Road that left 23 additional without power. Those 23 have since been restored and crews are back at work this morning, with the hope that they will have power restored to the rest of the powerless today.
-- For those without power, the American Red Cross is again offering a warming station in Hess Hall of the McPherson First United Methodist Church, 1200 E. Kansas Ave. This is not a full shelter, but a place for the powerless to go to get out of the cold for a while. The Red Cross will be set up starting at 10:30 a.m., though church staff is on hand to let you in prior to then.
-- The McPherson Area Solid Waste Utility will offer expanded hours for tree limbs to be dropped off at the Transfer Station, 1431 17th Avenue. The Transfer Station will be opened normal hours today, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, the station will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Saturday, they will take limbs from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and then on Sunday from noon until 4 p.m.
The extended hours are for tree branches only. Trash, recycling and C&D will not be accepted during those extended hours.
-- The City of McPherson has issued a press release with pertinent information about tree limb removal. You can view the full release by enlarging the attached photo.