BARRON COUNTY– Two tornadoes and a sweeping storm caused more than $2 million in damage and scattered debris across over 30 miles of road in Barron County on July 19, Mike Judy, director of the Office of Emergency Management, reported in a summary of the storms and the recovery efforts.
Fourteen municipalities filed a local disaster declaration to request assistance from county and state resources during the complex aftermath that spanned such a broad swath of the county.
In the report Judy outlined the mobilized response in the wake of the storms and the lessons learned, including a need for a quicker awareness of the situation (such as number of roads blocked, people trapped, etc.); need for greater understanding of what private resources, such as wood chippers and heavy equipment); need to educate the public about what resources are available to them.
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