Some in Marion County say they were left in the dark, in more ways than one
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 04:53:52 GMT —
After last week's ice storm, one of the last places to get power back in Marion County was the Temperance Hill community, which is an unincorporated area outside of the City of Marion.
It took nearly 150 hours of waiting, but Summer Wilkes said her power in Temperance Hill was restored Monday afternoon.
"It was great. The first thing we did was turn the heat on of course," Wilkes said.
Although grateful for electricity and heat, Summer isn't happy about how her community was treated by local agencies over the past six days.
If future emergencies like this happen, she would like her community to get more attention from county agencies, which includes the Emergency Management Department.
"I would like to see them come out and check anyone that was past the city limits, Summer said. "We have not seen any emergency management trucks," she said.
WPDE NewsChannel 15 asked Marion County's Emergency Management Director Brandon Ellis about this observation made by Summer.
"During an event like this our Emergency Management Department is fully dedicated to the Emergency Operations Center, coordinating with the departments in the field, emergency response agencies, emergency support agencies in the field," Ellis said.
Ellis said he hadn't gotten out in the field to do damage assessments until yesterday, because he is a one-man department and there is only one emergency management truck that services the whole county.
In addition, Ellis said he has also stayed in constant contact with Temperance Hill's volunteer fire department in case assistance was needed.
At this point, 40,000 to 50,000 cubic yards of debris has been reported in the county. Ellis said he expects that number to increase.
A preliminary damage assessment is expected to be finished by this Saturday.