Sunday, August 26, 2007

A near hit.... Tornado devastates our Fenton town

My hometown was hit by a Level 2 Tornado on Friday, August 24. As you can imagine, it's had devastating effects, not just on our community, but on how we will be doing business during the recovery period. Crews are working to restore lost power and cable, but it's a slow go.

Thankfully, no lifes were lost and only a few minor injuries have been reported. The damage is great and it will take some time before the community is able to function at full capacity.

You will need to bear with us as we work to process orders in a timely manner. PLEASE, do not burden us with questions like, "when will my order ship or, "what is my tracking number". Tracking numbers will be emailed as soon as UPS picks up the order.

We have both cable and electric power as of Sunday, but this could change as crews work to restore power to other hard hit areas of the city. Our entire staff is sooooo thankful that we did not take a direct hit (though the home of one of our co-workers did). Our facility was in the direct line of the storm. In fact, just 1/8 mile down from us there was devastating damage. We were fortunate, but the effects of the damage around us is still leaving its impact.

Photos by Art Parnell. All rights reserved.


Halflyng said...

I sympathize with you. I'm in Kalamazoo, and I was out of power from Thursday night until this (Monday) morning. Not good, especially with the heat/humidity. Our only loss, and I consider it tragic... we lost all of our ice cream :( Not to make light of your town being hit, just trying to put a smile on your face :)

We did have a giant branch fall in our yard that we have to cut up. The dumb thing is, we would have cut it up, but our saw is electrical... :|

Good luck with the cleanup, I know we've got a lot ahead of us!

Jenn in Kalamazoo

Denise said...

Jenn, thanks for your concern and comments. It's just another reminder of why I love living in Michigan...the people. Michiganders are the greatest and inevitably demonstrate a sense of community when disaster strikes.