February 9, 2016

County’s severe weather response reviewed

A review of  emergency management actions prior to severe weather which caused millions of dollars in damages in Outagamie County may result in the firing of the county’s emergency management director, and discipline for sheriff’s department personnel.

The Appleton Post Crescent reports that emergency sirens were not sounded in advance of storms and tornadoes early on August 7th. The severe weather caused at least $31 million in damage.

The Outagamie County Public Safety committee met in closed session for about 90 minutes Friday. Its recommendations include discipline – up to and including termination – for county Emergency Management Director Julie Loeffelholz.

The committee’s discussion focused on why sirens were not sounded during the fast-moving storm, which knocked out power to thousands of utility customers, leveled a church in New London and took down trees and traffic signals across northeast Wisconsin.

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