Butler County drenched in week’s rain

Published 4:12 pm Monday, January 5, 2015

Rain sure didn’t go away for residents in Butler County as almost 4.5 inches of the wet stuff fell to earth from Dec. 28-Jan. 3, according to EMA Director Shirley Sandy.

Sandy said that 2.89 inches fell on Dec. 28, 2014; 0.10 inches fell on Dec. 29; 0.15 inches fell on Jan. 2, 2015; and 1.11 inches fell on Jan. 3.

Total rain fall total was 4.25 inches over the seven-day period.

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All of the rain and wind has brought cooler temperatures, which residents should be feeling already.

Tonight, temperatures are going to drop to 28 degrees, and tomorrow’s temperatures will dip to 30 degrees with a high of 56.

On Wednesday, the lows are going to be around 17 degrees at night with a high during the day of 49, according to the National Weather Service out of Mobile.

“It’s going to be dry when we also have this freeze this week,” Sandy said. “It’s a good thing (that it rained over the weekend).”

Sandy said there was no extensive damage that occurred in the county as a result of the high winds over the New Year’s weekend.

During this week’s cold snap, Sandy said to mind the “Ps” — people, plants, pets and pipes.
“Check on the elderly,” Sandy said. “If you don’t have power, we can’t do anything if we don’t know.”

Sandy said those who need assistance, or if one’s power is out, can call the EMA office at 334-382-7911.

In Crenshaw County, reports indicate that a tornado hopped around outside of Brantley on Sunday morning.

According to Crenshaw County EMA Director Earl Thompson, a tornado entered the area through Covington County and took a northeastern path through the Dozier area, where most of the damage was sustained in unoccupied woods.

The tornado then reached the Mt. Ida community, where it damaged the home and farm of Edwin and Genese Mitchell. The family’s five chicken houses were destroyed.

“There’s really nothing left,” said Thompson of the chicken houses. “There’s just pieces of metal lying around like shrapnel from a grenade.”