Thursday, February 25, 2021

Emergency crews kept ‘extremely busy’ following Wednesday storm

Members of the Chatham-Kent Police Service and Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services were kept extremely busy last night as thunderstorms blew through the area.

Police officials say last night, the Emergency Communications Centre answered numerous calls resulting in:

– 172 police related events

– 43 fire related events

For public safety, officers also attended multiple locations across Chatham-Kent where dangerous conditions existed, such as downed trees, hydro poles and live wires lying across roadways, police officials said.

Police officials say they would like to thank everyone for their patience last night.

Although it was a busy shift for our members, rest assured you were all in good hands with C platoon last night, police officials added.

“Last evening’s weather event was likely one of the more busier times we have ever experienced in the Emergency Communication Centre,” stated Sheri Somerville, manager at the Emergency Communications Centre, in a media release.

“The Communication staff on duty worked tirelessly to provide the best service delivery possible. We were overwhelmed with call volume and all calls were important and required attention. It was an amazing volume of work and we are very proud of the services they provided last night while this was unfolding.”

A severe thunderstorm warning was in place across Chatham-Kent on Wednesday evening.

Reports say two tornadoes touched down in the London area as well.

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