Soggy spring

Scattered power outages and canceled sporting events are the consequences of days of chilly rain and storms in the Tri-Cities area.
Becky Vargo
Apr 12, 2013

Area athletic fields are so soaked that anyone playing on them will damage them, Robinson Township Fire Chief Paul VanVelzen said.

VanVelzen was waiting for a Consumers Energy crew to show up Thursday afternoon to repair a downed power line. A large pine tree fell on a primary power line where the north part of 136th Avenue ends at Stearns Bayou just after 12:30 p.m.

The buzzing wire was burning at its contact point with the ground and where it connected with the tree. It made a popping sound when it burned all the way through, leaving a couple of nearby houses without power, VanVelzen said.

It was the third Robinson Township location the chief had responded to on yet another cold, windy and wet day. The Fire Department also responded to calls on 120th Avenue and Rich Street earlier in the day when tree limbs or whole trees fell on power lines, VanVelzen said.

More than 1.5 inches of rain fell in the area since Sunday, National Weather Service meteorologist William Marino said Thursday afternoon, and there’s a lot more in the forecast.

The total precipitation for the area this year is 13.51 inches, Marino said. It was 8.99 inches at this time last year, which was still more than an inch above the normal precipitation of 7.66 inches.

Tonight into Saturday, the rain will change over to snow, with up to an inch of accumulation possible.

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