Many thanks to Waterford Township Emergency Personnel for their work on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 during a wind storm that DTE called the worst weather event in its history in which more than 800,000 customers lost power. Waterford was among the top 5 most impacted communities in the region.
Department of Public Works
During a 24-hour shift, the Waterford Township Department of Public Works had 20 of its 64 sewer stations down due to power loss. Despite an event of this magnitude, no sewer backups occurred.
Waterford Regional Fire Department
In one 24-hour period , Waterford Regional Fire Department made 128 Fire/EMS runs including three fire reports in just 10 minutes, multiple downed power lines, and a significant road closure on Dixie Hwy. By comparison, in the same 24 hour period one week prior, the Department made 35 Fire/EMS runs.
Waterford Police Department and Dispatch
The Waterford Police Department responded to 119 calls during this severe weather event, up more than 46% from the previous Wednesday. Waterford Dispatchers answered and routed 737 phone calls related to a variety of concerns including fire, downed power lines, debris in roadways, personal welfare, and inoperable traffic signals. In comparison, the Wednesday prior they handled 306 calls.
Their dedication, compassion, expertise, and professional are just some of the reasons we are thankful for the talented and hard working employees that comprise Team Waterford.