Yet another severe thunderstorm blew through Logan County Friday, July 22, with the City of Russellville getting the worst part of it. At approximately 3 p.m. the storm, accompanied by strong winds and hail, left trees uprooted and limbs thrown about like matchsticks. Trash cans toppled into the street, and street signs were blown off their posts.
It didn’t take long for flooding to take over as rain fell quickly meeting an already saturated ground from a plethora of storms over the past few weeks.
Flooding occurred on several of the side streets in Russellville with the worst on Main Street as drivers attempted to cross water that came to the tops of their tires.
A utility pole located at East 7th Street in Russellville was struck by lightning and caught fire. The Russellville City Fire Department was quickly on hand to put out the flames that came close to the transformer. The Russellville Police Department responded as well to block off Main Street.
A chimney on top of the News-Democrat & Leader was also struck by lightning. Bricks fell in the ally between the newspaper and U.S. Bank.
A large tree uprooted on 9th Street during storm, just barely missing a house.
The storm, which came in quickly, left almost just as quick. Flooding subsided almost immediately after the rains stopped. Some who live in the outskirts of Russellville never got a drop of rain.
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