Newton County staff thanked for tireless work during Irma
The Newton County Board of Commissioners recognized Newton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Fire Services employees, Public Works Staff and the Emergency Management Agency Tuesday evening for their efforts during Tropical Storm Irma
Dozens of Newton County employees stood in front of the board of commissioners and received a standing ovation from the crowd gathered at the Newton County Historic Courthouse after being thanked for working through the storm in conditions of violent winds and rain.
“We are blessed and fortunate to have a staff such as these men and women who are really dedicated to making sure that their top priority is the safety of the citizens of Newton County,” Chairman Marcello Banes said. “As Chairman of the Board of Commissioners I am more than proud to have them as part of the Newton County team. They go above and beyond to make sure the job is done and people are safe.”
Newton County emergency personnel responded to 161 calls during Tropical Storm Irma on Sept. 11 and Sept. 12.
Newton County Public Works crews worked 12-hour shifts in four strike teams and four task force teams to handle downed trees and road issues during the storm.
Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to verify the severity of every call and set up barricades/caution tape where needed to ensure the safety of Newton County residents. There were approximately 70 members of the sheriff’s office working during the storm, logging more than 2,000 hours.
More than 25,000 Newton County residents were without power and more than 2,000 cubic yards of debris has been picked up by Newton County Public Works.
The Board of Commissioners weren’t the only people who showed their appreciation of the county employees who worked during the storm, Gail Chandler, a Newton County resident, brought food to the Emergency Operation Center and Public Works and Longhorn’s Steakhouse donated food for personnel.