“We weren't sure whether power was going to be off for a short period of time,” Greene County Courts Administrator Jerry Moyer said. The judicial center was far from the only building impacted by the storm. Traffic on city streets also slowed due to stop light outages. Several neighborhoods also went dark after trees came crashing down.
Shortly after the outage at the courthouse security officials had to decide what to do with inmates brought over to the courthouse for a hearing. “All our inmates were in a secure setting before the power went off. We made a decision not to long after the power went off to remove them and move them back to the jail,” Moyer said. “That was accomplished in an orderly fashion. They are all handled through secure passage ways.”
After a briefing on how long it could take to restore power, court security and the courts administrator decided to close the doors for the day. “Obviously we won't be able to accomplish the work we were intending on getting done today,” Moyer said. “That will put off until tomorrow or the next few days depending on what kind of case it is, what type of hearing was involved but we'll make due.” Anyone who had a court appearance or hearing Monday needs to contact their attorney, check online at or call the court to find their next court date.
At the height of the outage, 8,000 customers were without power. A City Utilities spokesperson said customers are reminded to call 1-888-863-9001 if they still need to report an outage.