Lightning tops LEPC discussion

At the bi-monthly meeting of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) Wednesday morning, the topic of recent lightning storms was discussed.

Director of Auglaize County’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Troy Anderson, said some of the recent events were quite entertaining, providing decent light shows, and damages seem to be minimal.

“For the most part everything has been pretty quiet,” Anderson said. “Let’s keep it that way; compared to some other places in the state, I mean you start looking at flooding events and stuff like that.”

While the storms were amusing, Auglaize County’s Director of the Red Cross, Bill Steinbrunner said the No. 1 issue currently for cause of fire has been lightning related.

“Lightning strikes have become our number one issue right now as far as what’s caused the fires that we’ve have to respond to,” Steinbrunner said. “There’s been three of them in St. Marys in the last couple of weeks that were at least based on the preliminary information, and we don’t normally track that, but just an interesting thing that they were lightning related.”

For the full story, see the Thursday, July 3 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.