Emergency crews did outstanding work during storm

As the dust begins to settle from the chaos caused by mother nature during Tuesday’s storm, The Mining Journal would like to take a moment to extend our praises to the many emergency crew workers who did such an excellent job.

In the downtown Marquette area alone, it seemed that every few minutes, either a fire truck or police cruiser flew by on the way to another assignment. In addition, workers for the Upper Peninsula Power Co. could be seen scattered all over the region, taking care of downed power lines and doing their best to get life back to normal for their neighbors.

A record-setting 2.27 inches of rain fell Tuesday in Marquette County, paired with wind gusts up to 49 mph. But as many people rushed home to stay dry and get settled on the couch, these people drove straight into the storm, doing their best to help those in need, clean up fallen trees and debris and restore power to the area.

Although treacherous weather can be a regular part of life in the Upper Peninsula, it’s comforting to know that we have people in our community that are going to do whatever they can to help others, and return life to normal as quickly as possible after a storm. These emergency crews seemed ready and waiting, and although storm damage is never a welcome sight, it was a great thing to witness how prepared our community members were for the moment chaos struck.

We at the Journal understand that many of you will be very busy in the days to come — but if you have a moment to take a break and happen to be reading this — we’d just like to say thank you.

As of Wednesday morning, it was reported that approximately 1,200 UPPCO customers were without power throughout portions of Marquette, Alger, Houghton, Baraga, Ontonagon, Iron and Keweenaw counties. UPPCO is asking customers to report any outages they are still experiencing to 1-800-562-7680 or online at www.uppco.com.