Here's how to stay safe during a tornado's aftermath

FLUSHING (WJRT) - (03/15/19) - With daylight this morning came a better picture of the destruction left behind.

From homes to businesses, this tornado certainly made its presence known.

"We have two businesses in this building, and we both depend on the building to make a living, so at one time, that was a little scary," Dave Whitmire said.

Whitmire, a commercial building owner, monitored the weather last night and hoped a tornado would steer clear of Flushing. His building escaped with just a parking lot full of debris and some damages under the eaves.

"I know some homes got damaged and stuff, so we're very thankful that our home is fine and our business is able to produce our services," Whitmire said.

He was graced with minimal damage, but others were not as lucky. Laura Lee Henderson planted a Boxelder about fifty years ago, and it fell to the ground last night. Her tree, and many others, filled her neighborhood street today.

"It's just a mess. Everything's a mess. A tree went through the house down here, with this greenhouse. It's just bad," Henderson said.

To clean that mess up, the Genesee County Road Commission has been out since 6:00 a.m. For them, it's about getting the job done the right way.

"Get the roadways open and then get the trees that it's in our right of way from the ditch line. Just make it safe for the people," Ronnie Dunn said. Dunn is an equipment operator for the Genesee County Road Commission.

That safety, however, is not just for workers.

"When you see a tree down and you see some wires near the tree, don't get close to it because we lose a lot of people that way of getting close to the tree because they want to see and take a picture. Then, they step on a wire not knowing if it's hot or not, and that'd be it," Dunn said.

Dunn says crews will be working nonstop and likely through the weekend.

Again, their greatest concern is keeping everybody safe.



 
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