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To the editor:
Due to the recent water main break, we would like
to express our sincere thanks to our preparedness partners,
including the administration of the Lincoln schools and the
community leaders of Lincoln. A special acknowledgement is extended
to the Lincoln Street and Alley Department and the Illinois American
Due to professional early notification from ILAWC employees Dave
Schonauer and Karen Cotton, we were able to initiate the Logan
County Emergency Operations Plan, including the Safe School Plan.
Not only did ILAWC inform us about every step in their process to
fix the water main break, but they remained very open to our
questions and concerns. We give kudos to Mr. Schonauer and his team
of professionals that we were able to partner with.
We would also like to thank Jean Anderson, regional
superintendent of schools, who we awoke in the middle of the night
and who went to her office to initiate correspondence to area
schools to determine whether the schools would be open or closed.
To Tracy Jackson of the Lincoln Street and Alley Department, who
received that same middle-of-the-night phone call and went in to
prepare dump trucks and an end loader to disperse the water to our
critical infrastructure, we also want to say thanks.
We want to also include a thank you to Mark Hilliard and the
staff of the Logan County Department of Public Health, who quickly
initiated phone calls to all of the schools, food prep businesses
and health care facilities regarding the water main break. He and
his staff continued to deal with numerous health-related questions
and phone calls during and after the boil order.
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To Puritan Springs, who was able to put their business and normal
work schedule on hold to make the water distribution a priority, we
give them a big thank you.
We thank the media sources, Comcast Cable and the National
Weather Service for their prompt and continued support to the
information-sharing process during the boil order.
At 9:15 that morning, it was a good feeling when Emergency
Management Agency staff visited a local school, to see extra cases
of water ready and a bottle of water placed on each child's desk.
This would have been impossible if not for the preparation and
community response by all of the parties.
In closing, we would like to thank county board chairman Terry
Carlton and Lincoln Mayor Keith Snyder, who kept in correspondence
with us through the whole incident. To you, the citizens, who were
able to endure a slight deviation from your normal activities and
adapted well, we thank you.
Dan Fulscher, EMA director
Terry Storer, EMA deputy director
Mark Mann, 911 supervisor
March 27, 2010]
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