SHIAWASSEE COUNTY SHERIFF BRIAN BEGOLE and Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Trent Atkins spoke to a large crowd during an informational tornado recovery meeting in the Durand High School cafeteria on Sunday, March 17. A number of government leaders and also first responders were at the meeting to answer questions and guide people in need toward necessary resources. Rep. Ben Frederick, who had been involved as often as possible since early Friday morning, was on-hand to assist, too.
Two tornadoes were confirmed by the National Weather Service to have set down in Shiawassee County on Thursday evening, March 14. The first tornado landed close to the intersection of Bennington Greens Drive and Innsbrook Drive before crossing M-52. The second tornado set down near the intersection of Britton Road and I-69.
As of the Sunday afternoon meeting, it was noted that 64 homes were damaged, 18 of which sustained major damage. A total of 16 barns were lost. Three businesses were damaged – two of those were destroyed. No human fatalities or serious injuries were reported.
Foremost in the Sunday discussion in Durand, former Shiawassee County Commissioner Dan McMaster (far right) emphasized the necessity of sharing two critical phone numbers. The first number is (989) 743-2635 for those needing assistance or wishing to donate money, water or other goods. The second number is (989) 743-2631 for those who want to volunteer.
Two more tornadoes touched down in Genesee County.
(Independent Photo/Karen Mead-Elford)