Monday Storm Yields No Serious Injuries, 600+ Calls to Dispatch
By Brandi Makuski
Portage Co. Emergency Management Officials say there were no known serious injuries following a major storm that ravaged the area on Monday night.
Sustained wind gusts topped out at 51 miles an hour, according to the National Weather Service, with about three inches of rainfall in just under an hour. Flood advisories remain in effect.
Portage Co. Emergency Management Director Joe Brandt said the storm began shortly after 6 PM.
“It caused widespread damage,” Brandt said, adding there are “hundreds of trees down” and more than 13,000 residents without power, which wasn’t expected to be completely restored until sometime Wednesday.
“But we’re happy to report there are no reports of serious injuries at this point,” he said.
Mayor Mike Wiza asked the public to avoid flooded areas and be patient with repair crews.
Stevens Point Fire Chief Bob Finn said his dept. responded to 31 fire runs between 6 PM Monday and 7 AM Tuesday.
“We also had one water rescue,” Finn said. “A motorists disregarded the signs, the water came up to his car, and he was stuck under the Church St. underpass. We had to go in with our rapid deployment craft.”
Sheriff Mike Lukas said Portage Co. dispatchers handled more than 600 calls during the crisis, 400 being non-emergent.
More as we have it.