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Oil Mill Road was one of many places where tress drooped from the weight of ice.

Tipton County's residents suffered through power outages and flooding, thanks to heavy rain and an ice storm last week, and the county's legislative body took measures to deal with the problems at the body's monthly meeting Monday night. 

County Executive Jeff Huffman thanked all the county entities that helped the community deal with all the issues. 

“It was quite an event, quite a coordination of agencies that went to work,” he said. 

He mentioned emergency management association director Tommy Dunavant, public works director Shannon Reed and Tipton County GIS director Shawn Anderson specifically for their efforts. 

According to Huffman, there were even some private citizens who followed public works trucks around and helped clear debris. 

“It was difficult to get your arms around this thing,” Huffman said. “You couldn't have asked for anybody to work any better together.”

To help with limbs and brush that still remain all around the county, the commissioners unanimously passed a private act that will allow all Tipton County residents to bring limbs to the Tipton Landfill, free of charge (garbage can not be dumped for free and citizens will have to separate limbs from garbage if they have both). 

The act allowing local citizens to bring debris to the landfill for free will be reevaluated at next month's county commissioners meeting. 

“We don't want to charge people for cleaning up,” Dunavant said. 

“It just makes sense for people to have a place to take it,” Huffman said. 

Huffman and Dunavant said the plan is to eventually use much of the wood collected as fuel at the Covington's gasification plant, which can convert the materials into energy that powers the wastewater treatment plant. 

Approximately 11,000 people in the county were without power last Monday and Tuesday. 

Ambulances and school buses were trapped or re-routed. 

The Covington Sportsplex and Munford Parks and Recreation opened their doors for citizens without power who needed shelter.

Also during the meeting, the commissioners passed budget amendments to pay for all the overtime accrued by county employees during the event. 

“I'm sure the citizens appreciate all the work that was put in,” Huffman said. 

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