Severe weather, which churned over Grove on Saturday, Oct. 6, is being linked to numerous incidents of damage throughout the city. 

The incident, which took place at approximately 6:30 p.m., brought straight line winds of up to 70 miles per hour, and a severe thunderstorm, which caused roof damage to several structures, brought down trees and left thousands of Public Service of Oklahoma and Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative without power into the next morning.

Pete Snyder, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the Grove area has experienced upwards of two-and-half inches of rain on Saturday and Sunday. 

He said the winds, which ranged from 60 to 70 miles per hour, was mostly linked with tree damage and power outages.

Severe weather is expected to continue into Tuesday, Oct. 9, with showers in the morning turning to severe thunderstorms in the afternoon hours.

Snyder said Tuesday afternoon storms could include straight line winds up to 70 miles per hour, isolated tornadic conditions and potential for quarter sized hail. 

Debris removal

City Manager Bill Keefer said crews went out on Saturday evening, after the storm hit to clear roadways of debris.

He said crews planned to work throughout the day on Monday and Tuesday, picking up tree limbs from those areas, and from city property.

On Wednesday, he said, crews will begin to go through Grove moving from the east to west, picking up tree debris - limbs and branches - from the right-of-ways along the streets.

Keefer asked that residents in the areas hit - including those in the area of Broadway, Grand, Spring Streets and North 13th Street and the northern portion of town - move the limbs into piles along the right-of-ways without impeding traffic on the streets.

He said city workers will not pick up other storm debris, but only tree debris. Residents are asked to make the piles of tree limbs be a manageable size for city workers to remove.

"We ask that people be patient," Keefer said. "It's going to take a while to get done, because there's some big stuff out there."

Keefer said the city's dump site will not be open for residents to bring their own tree debris or other storm waste. 

Delaware County Emergency Management Director Robert Real said county and city residents can take storm debris to the Delaware County Solid Waste Facility on Highway 59, between Grove and Jay.

He asks that residents make sure to tell county employees it is storm related debris, and that they get a weight receipt. 

Copies of those  receipts should taken to the Grove City Hall at 104 West Third, in the Grove Community Center.

Real said if an emergency declaration is made by state officials, the receipts will help track the amount of storm damage.

They will also help the city and county accumulate volunteer hours, as the debris was removed by individuals rather than city or county employees.

For more information

Residents with questions are asked to call city hall at 918-786-6107 or emergency management at 918-787-4357.