66°F
weather icon Partly Cloudy

Storm knocks out power, increases emergency calls

A storm that dropped record-setting rain on the valley knocked out power in portions of town and gave emergency crews plenty to deal with late last week.

The storm that developed Friday dropped just more than an half-inch of rain on the valley, with the majority of it falling between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. The amount of precipitation for the day was a record amount, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Phillip Steele.

Storms knocked out power to 1,782 Valley Electric Association, Inc. member-owners in 18 separate outages, after the heavy rains, lightning strikes and wind gusts that topped out at 46 mph downed four primary lines, involving three trees and one transformer having to be replaced.

About half of the cooperative members affected, which ranged from west of Rob’s Peak to Highway 160 and Dandelion Street and from the southern end of Homestead Road to Leslie Street east of Highway 160 at the northern end of the valley, had their power back on within an hour.

Six line crews from VEA worked through the night Friday to restore power back to the remaining member-owners by 7:30 a.m., Saturday morning.

Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Chief Scott Lewis explained that the department saw an influx of calls in a short period of time.

“We had upward of 11 to 12 calls within an hour’s time including the medical calls,” Lewis said. “They consisted of downed trees and downed power lines. There was structural damage where awnings were actually pulled from the residences and structures, into the power lines.

“The calls were from all areas of town but the hardest hit was north and central.”

Lewis stated that most of the calls were for various issues, with a majority of them dealing with issues caused by the storm’s electric nature.

“There were lightning strikes and a lot of reports of brush fires started by the lightning, however most of them self-extinguished due to the torrential rains that came through,” he said.

In addition, neighboring Crystal was also hit hard by the storm, causing a crash that left one man injured.

“There was lots of road debris in the area of the Crystal turnoff, which made it impassable,” Lewis explained. “We had a motorcycle accident out there where the rider received serious injuries.”

Despite the increased workload in a short period of time, Lewis said that no one in the department was injured and that a Fire and Rescue vehicle is in need of repairs after running over some road debris in Crystal.

“We’re tired but we’re okay and just trying to get things done,” Lewis said. “We’re making small repairs on the apparatus from the water and the rocks in the roadway.”

Contact reporter Mick Akers at makers@pvtimes.com. Follow @mickakers on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Development of Pahrump’s Kellogg Park tracking right along

Development of Pahrump’s newest park, Kellogg Park on the southern end of the valley, continues to move along steadily, with a variety of milestones reached in recent months and officials with the town of Pahrump and Nye County now setting their sights on the next steps of the development process.

PLAC to decide on Rough Hat recommendations; meeting Nov. 30 in Pahrump

Throughout its many years, the Pahrump Public Lands Advisory Committee hasn’t seen a whole lot of community involvement, with the group historically hosting its monthly meetings amid almost empty audiences.

Together With Veterans hosting SWOT assessment meeting in Pahrump

The men and women who have served in the United States military have given of themselves, made sacrifices on a daily basis and put the safety of others before themselves in order to protect America but when service comes to an end and they return to civilian life, the transition can be jarring.

Beatty Advisory Board deals with trails, racing, blue light

There will be no informal election to choose appointees to the Beatty Town Advisory Board. Randy Reed and Erika Gerling, whose terms expire at the end of the year, were the only people to submit letters of interest, so the Board voted, at their Nov. 22 meeting, to forward their names to the Board of County Commissioners for reappointment.

Pahrump Powwow showcases Native American culture

November is National Native American Heritage Month and there could be no better time in which to celebrate the vibrant culture of the country’s many Native American tribes.

Nye County commissioners push back on COVID, again

Like an array of other issues and topics, COVID-19 has proven to be a subject which serves as yet another wedge between an already divided America and in many cases, it’s pitting local, state and federal governments against one another in a bid to decide what is best for the communities they serve.

Pahrump businesswoman facing embezzlement charge

It appears that the COVID-19 outbreak in a roundabout way has led to the arrest of a Pahrump woman on an alleged embezzlement charge.

Community Christmas Tree Lighting set for Saturday in Pahrump

With Thanksgiving taking place tomorrow and Christmas coming right on its heels just one month later, that means it is time for many to start turning their attention to the most wonderful time of the year. In the Pahrump Valley, the start of the Christmas season is one that is greeted with joyful delight but it wouldn’t feel quite complete without what has become a beloved local tradition, the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree.

Photos with Santa set for next two weekends in Pahrump

In a perfect world, the comfort and security of a warm, soft bed is something that all children would enjoy, but the unfortunate reality is that the world is not perfect.