[r85] Severe storms rally local community (9/14/2012)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Start Date: 9/14/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 9/14/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM

Severe Storms Rally Local Community

Over a week ago, many of us in Northern Indiana were taken by surprise as severe storms rushed in and left many in our community devastated.

Winds roared through Fort Wayne and the surrounding area at nearly 90 mph, leaving thousands without power and water.  Indiana and Michigan Power and Paulding Putnam Power have been working hard to restore power to hospitals, emergency facilities and local residents quickly.

City and county and highway cleanup crews have been working feverishly to clean up the destruction the storms left in their wake.  Unfortunately, estimates are already being provided that a complete clean-up of the debris will take approximately three months.
 
Like many of you, I was also personally affected by the severe weather.  When watching the news on Friday afternoon, our electricity went out.
 
My household was without water and air conditioning until power was finally restored four days later.   The effects of the storm were furthered because of the extreme heat.  The conditions those four days were absolutely terrible.
 
I wanted to take the time to thank the men and women who have been working tirelessly around the clock to help restore power and roadways to their original conditions.
 
Thousands continue to feel the effects of the strong winds, heavy rain and damaging hail that accompanied the storm.  The American Red Cross suggests taking the following course of action after experiencing a storm.
 
First, avoid any and all downed power lines.  Many down power lines still have live connections. Always assume there is still an active connection and act as there is a great possibility that you could be electrocuted. 

Second, never attempt to cross a roadway that appears to be covered in water.   There may be an active current, you could drown and/or your car could be swept away.
 
Third, stay up to date on progress of the road conditions and other potential hazards.  In the event of severe weather, local television and radio stations will give current and up to date reports on the weather.  Weather radios will also give updated information in the event of severe weather.
 
While the hot weather and long days of summer are great, they can also bring severe and devastating weather.
 
If you were affected by the storm and would like to report your damage please report any and all damage to Indiana’s Homeland Security. You can do so by visiting: http://www.in.gov/dhs/.

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