Lake Lure buildings hit by lightning

"Nuisance" results in power outages
Jul. 24, 2013 @ 04:23 AM

An electrical storm — one of many — in the Lake Lure area created lightning bolts that hit two town-owned facilities Tuesday afternoon.

Town Manager Chris Braund said there was electrical damage at the town's golf pro shop and also at the hydro-electric plant office.

"The crews were out there yesterday and it looks like we're back in business today," Braund said.

He described the  incident as a "nuisance" that "cost a little bit" and resulted in power outgaes.

The telephones, modems, switches and wiring were hit.

Lake Lure Fire Chief Ron Morgan said there was no fire at either location.

 "The lightning ran in on the wiring and did electrical damage," he said.

Morgan said when firefighters were at the golf shop at 2:35 p.m., Monday they received word of the second strike at the hydro-electric plant, although they did not respond to the second incident.

Morgan said the recent thunderstorms and heavy rainfall has been very unusual. 

Officials at the hydro-eletric plant have had to open the gates at the dam every other day to heed flooding in the areas along the Rocky Broad River.

Morgan has been in Lake Lure for almost 20 years and said the necessity of opening the flood gates that often is historical. 

 "It's never been like that," he said.

Approximately 12 inches of rain has been recorded in the area in July.

Morgan said although there have been several river rescues in adjoining counties along the river, "Thank the Lord, we haven't had any of that."