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Greetings From the E.O.C

By: Patrick Claybon
By: Patrick Claybon

News 4's Patrick Claybon is live blogging from the Emergency Operations center at the Houston County E.M.A

6:38 p.m

Workers coming in from outside are happy for the moment to be dry as it appears that Fay is giving us a little break. and that break won't come a minute too soon for some of the 482 people who have called in requests for assistance.

Those calls all focus on rainwater, coming up over and in homes and people want the help in the form of sandbags to fly in and save their belongings.

The Problem.....  there is a limited supply.

So, crews are dispatched to determine how the situation is before the bags arrive...calls have calmed down for the moment.  But we can expect them to ramp up as the next band arrives.

Stay tuned as I'll continue to update from the E.O.C before we come back on @ 10pm

 

7:08 p.m

We're now passed the 500 mark as far as calls for assistance in the E.O.C coming in through the helpline.mostly on calls for trees on the power lines and power outages...the one issue here is who are the people going to talk to on the helpline when they call.

Staffers have been in the E.O.C since 7:00 this morning and E.M.A Dir. Clark Matthews is trying to figure out now who is willing to burn the midnight oil tonight as some people have been here the entire time. But at least we have full operational capacity here ...Director Matthews Just dispatched the R2 communications unit to Dale County as they are having difficulty giving and getting information out.

But for the most part everyone is enjoying the break from intense storm activity...a break no one thinks will last much longer.  

 

8:07

Just recieved an update from Dale County, apparenly they now have power back in the EMA up there, so the R2 communications unit remains on site but for the time being power has been restored in that area of beautiful downtown Ozark.

The planning meeting taking is taking place as i type this, everyone is bracing for the worst part of the storm that we're going to see today. The sandbag situation has gotten a litte better as 7500 bags are on the way to the county road and bridge department from the state.

At the moment, Alabama Power is setting up a staging area at Rip Hewes Stadium as they travel through trying to repair downed lines as the information comes through the E.O.C

Stay Tuned...I'll see you at 10

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