Emergency head: Power to alert system was lost
- Associated Press
- August 19, 2013 - 7:30 PM
APPLETON, Wis. — The emergency services director of Outagamie County says she could not have sounded the sirens when storms hit the Fox Valley this month.
Director of Emergency Services Julie Loeffelholz released a letter to the news media Monday. In the letter, Loeffelholz says she could not have sounded sirens alerting residents to the storm because power was lost at the communications tower that controls the alert system.
She also said she has not been questioned about her actions that night by the county's Public Safety Committee. The committee met in closed session Friday and recommended that County Executive Tom Nelson discipline Loeffelholz.
Post-Crescent Media (http://post.cr/16Y0LLO) reports Nelson says he'll convene an independent panel to review the county's reaction to the storms.
The storm caused $31 million in damage in Outagamie County.
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