Chief Hill expresses appreciation
Manila Chief of Police Jackie Hill expressed appreciation to members of the police department, the Manila Fire Department and First Responders for working during the storms Friday and Saturday evenings.
"Fire Chief Keith Bennett and Assistant Chief Wes Sandusky organized the workers and everything went well," Chief Hill said. "We were out until 5 a.m. on Saturday morning. We had most of the roadways clear for traffic."
Hill said Manila has sirens placed throughout the city and they all worked well.
"We had some damage to Southworth buildings, Jackson Tire Service, the old Barton building, and the old International building," he said. "We had some lines down, also."
Chief Hill cautions everyone to pay attention to the sirens.
"When you hear the alarm it is time to pay attention to the weather reports, take cover and be aware of what is going on," he said. "Do not call the emergency line (561-4777) for a weather report. It is an emergency line so unless there is someone injured, we don't need to tie up the line."
Hill said there are still storm radios available for sale at Manila City Hall.
Hill also cautioned people not to go outside unless it is absolutely necessary.
"People need to wait until daylight to venture out," he said. "Many times there are power lines down and they can be deadly. Be cautious and make sure everything is clear before going outside."
Hill said Friday night the straight line winds caused some damage and on Saturday night there was some rotation.
"We saw rotation on Saturday night," Hill said. "Across the lake it was very wide. We just want people to be cautious and to please keep up with the weather reports by radio or television. We just don't need the emergency lines tied up with non-emergencies."
Chief Hill said citizens can be assured Manila's police officers, firemen, first responders and Emerson Ambulance Service are all working together in all emergency situations.
"We just want to do our best to keep everyone as safe as possible," Chief Hill said. "It is important we all work together."