To the editor:
On Friday, July 1, 2011, at 4:30 p.m., the city of Marshall changed. Storms packing high winds, downbursts of rain, random tornados and hail with heavy winds began in South Dakota and cut a swath through Minnesota causing destruction in its path. In the wake of the destruction, we have much to be grateful for. Most important, we are thankful that no fatalities or serious injuries were reported in our community and region.
We also are grateful for the fast and efficient response of the city staff, fire department, public safety, public works and private contractors who came together to implement the emergency response plan immediately following the storm. That plan has been developed and practiced over the past few years for implementation in the event of an emergency like the July 1, 2011, storm and was followed carefully and effectively.
We also are grateful for all of the community volunteers who checked on their neighbors and spent the Independence Day weekend clearing debris. Cleanup from the storm has made great progress. Full recovery including building repair, replacing landscaping, trees, etc. will take time. The buildings, roofs, siding and trees can be replaced. The true strength of the community - the people of the community and region - was not damaged.
Ongoing recovery information can be found on the city of Marshall website at www.marshallmn.com