National Weather Service Anticipates Heavy Rainfall this Weekend

The National Weather Service is advising of the potential for heavy rainfall for this weekend, with up to one inch anticipated.

Local emergency management official Clyde Avery issued an alert saying that heavy rain combined with melting snow and frozen or partly frozen ground may result in some flooding of low lying areas. He said this could include ponding on road surfaces and rises on rivers over the weekend into early next week. Continue reading

Marshall County EMA Director Provides Quarterly Update to Commissioners

Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery discussed some items with the Marshall County Commissioners Monday morning.

Avery told the commissioners that he recently met with the EMA advisory council and discussed the County Emergency Management Plan. The members agreed that some minor changes need to be made and those changes will be forthcoming for the advisory council’s approval and for the approval of the commissioners.

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Marshall County Council to Meet Today

The Marshall County Council will meet today at 9 a.m. ET in the second floor meeting room in the Marshall County building.

Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery will discuss two grant applications, Sheriff Tom Chamberlin will seek approval to find a merit officer replacement, and County Attorney Jim Clevenger will discuss the Culver Military Academy Development Bonds.

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Marshall County Will Enact Warning Level Travel Advisory Later Tonight

Marshall County officials will be issuing an emergency declaration today, Tuesday, Feb. 4. The emergency declaration will include a “Warning Level” travel advisory for travel upon roadways in the un-incorporated areas of Marshall County.

According to Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery, the “Warning Level” advisory will go into effect at 7 p.m. ET tonight. If the weather and road conditions become a safety concern, the declaration may be put in place earlier than 7 p.m. ET.

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Marshall County EMA Director Reviews Travel Advisory Categories

As we brace for another round of snow storms today, Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery reminded the commissioners yesterday of the three travel restrictions that could be issued during a snow event.

The “advisory” level means that routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas and individuals should use caution or avoid the areas. The “watch” level means that conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. Only essential travel is recommended, such as to and from work or in emergency situations. Continue reading

Flood Watch in Effect Through Sunday Morning

The combination of rain and melting snow could make for a soggy weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the entire WKVI listening area through Sunday morning. Rainfall totals of between 1 and 3 inches are possible, with much of the precipitation expected Saturday night. Streams, creeks and low-lying areas are expected to flood first, but rivers could overflow their banks early next week. Residents who live in low-lying areas are urged to monitor forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. A watch merely means conditions are favorable for flooding to occur, while a warning means flooding is occurring.

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Marshall County EMA Warns of Potential Flooding

Residents who live in flood-prone areas may be in for a soggy Christmas celebration due to a combination of rain and melting snow. Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery says ditches and creeks may flood, and ponding on roads and potential wash-outs are all possible. He urges anyone who has experienced issues with flooding in the past to take precautionary measures to ensure safety. He recommends using an all-hazards weather radio to stay informed about potential dangers and developing a family safety plan. Additionally, Avery says you should never let children play around high water areas, ditches or storm drains. He adds that barricades are put up for protection and says you should never try to drive around one. Turn around, don’t drown – don’t drive through flooded roadways, as the pavement underneath may be washed out. Also, Avery says motorists need to be extra cautious at night when it is more difficult to recognize flood dangers.

Marshall County EMA Director Clyde Avery Urges Filing of Damage Reports

Howard County is one county seeking federal assistance after the Nov. 17 storms that wrecked havoc in the state. The weather affected our listening area with an EF-1 tornado in Pulaski County.

It was reported by our reporting partners yesterday that Kosciuscko County will not be able to receive assistance as the damage reported was not enough to declare a disaster on the federal level.

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Snow Could Create Road Hazards Today

The listening area remains on alert for falling snow today. Northwest winds of 15-25 mph could cause areas of blowing and drifting snow.

Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery urges you to give yourself some extra time to get to your destination and clear off your car so you can properly see and prevent debris flying off your car while in transit. Clear windows, headlights and taillights of snow and ice.

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Prepare Your Emergency Disaster Kit Now

With winter weather on its way and a hefty storm in our rear-views, now is the perfect time to create a home disaster kit if you haven’t already. To that end, Pulaski County EMA Director Larry Hoover has a number of tips.

The most important tip, Hoover said, is to make sure your family knows where to go in a severe storm. Lay out an emergency plan with a place to meet in case you get separated and designate an emergency contact that is out of the immediate area to call in case of a disaster.

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Get Prepared, It’s National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month and Marshall County EMA Director Clyde Avery urges you to prepare for all emergencies.

Avery offers these tips: learn more about different threats that could affect your community and the appropriate responses to them, plan in advance what you and your family will do in an emergency, and put together a kit of emergency supplies that will allow you and your family to survive for at least three days in the event an emergency happens. This kit should include basic items such as water, food, battery-powered radio, flashlight, a first aid kit, cash, pet food, and clothing.

Once you have done all of these steps, get involved in preparing your community.

If you need more information on that types of disasters that could affect your area or more preparedness information, contact the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency at (574) 936-3740.

Marshall County Council Approves Emergency Fund Ordinance

The Marshall County Council held a public hearing Monday morning on an ordinance permitting procurement of emergency funds in the event of an emergency.

The ordinance was brought forth by Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery. In the case of an emergency and funds are needed, the ordinance allows the funds to be approved by just the president of the Marshall County Commissioners and the president of the Marshall County Council. A special meeting with all members of the governing bodies will not need to be called to approve these expenses.

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Marshall County Commissioners Have Full Agenda

The Marshall County Commissioners have a lot on their plate this morning as several items are listed on their agenda.

One of those items is an ordinance amendment concerning part-time hours in the personnel policy. The change reflects action taken to avoid running part-time workers logging more than 30 hours a week on a regular basis thus being eligible for insurance benefits as laid out in the Affordable Care Act.

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One Broken Tornado Siren Fixed in Plymouth

One of the two broken tornado warning sirens in Plymouth has been repaired.

Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery explained that the siren at the Plymouth/Goshen Trail in Centennial Park has been fixed, but the one out at Plymouth Speedway is still in need of repair.

The Plymouth Fire Department had conducted routine tests earlier this week and worked quickly to repair the siren in the park, but a bigger issue is plaguing the siren at Plymouth Speedway.

The signal to start the siren is triggered at the Marshall County Dispatch Center.

Marshall County Commissioners Approve Payment to Humane Society

The Marshall County Commissioners approved the payment of $7,000 to the Marshall County Humane Society. The county usually supports the humane society with $40,000 a year and had been behind in payments to the group.

The commissioners discussed the payment system and decided that the cost should be paid in January so the officials can budget their money they way they need to at the beginning of the year.

Auditor Penny Lukenbill urged the commissioners to draw up a contract with the humane society pertaining to the payment system as she can’t find a current contract. There was a contract, but the paper trail can not be accounted for.

The commissioners also approved a motion to pay EMA Director Clyde Avery out of county’s funds instead of having him get his salary through a grant distributed by the state. All three commissioners commented on how well Avery is conducting business out of his office. The state keeps raising the bar on points needed to obtain the grant and the commissioners know how hard he works to make sure the county is in compliance for a variety of issues.

It was unanimously approved to fund Avery’s salary out of the county budget.