Marshall County Crews Still Cleaning up after Last Week’s Storms


Crews continue to clean up after last week’s storms.

Marshall County Interim Highway Superintendent Jason Peters told the commissioners Monday morning that the highway department is continuing to remove debris from the area. One issue that he’s having is the theft of “road closed” signs. He learned of the thefts when the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department called him to ask to close a road so work could be done.

“We actually had a pole down on 17B Road that was sitting in the middle of the road. The sheriff’s department called and said that the utility company was planning on going down there and they’d like to have the road closed. I told the officer that I knew that the road was still closed as I knew exactly where he was talking about. They reported back that the “road closed” signs were gone. We actually had three or four different sets of signs stolen,” explained Peters.

Peters informed the commissioners that he may look into the cost of putting a GPS chip on the signs.

Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery gave the commissioners an update on a third confirmed tornado that was identified by the National Weather Service that started in the Koontz Lake area early Tuesday morning last week.

“The third tornado was actually a carry-over from one that began in Starke County and impacted the northwest part of the county up to about Union Road,” said Avery. “The one that began in Starke County was an EF-1 with maximum wind speed of 110 mph. The tornado itself was about 400 yards wide and was on the ground for about 4.9 miles.”

Avery also noted that a lot of damage sustained in the county was caused by straight line winds.

There was a question about the warning sirens and their activation during severe weather and Avery said the sheriff’s department has sole responsibility concerning that. Avery stressed that the warning sirens alert those outside that dangerous weather is approaching and to seek shelter immediately. Residents who are mainly indoors are encouraged to obtain a battery powered NOAA radio or listen to local programming for weather alerts.