It started with hail violently pelting Bob Flynn’s Marshall rental home followed by high gusts of wind so strong that it blew out several windows. 

The eerie high-pitched sound was so loud and unrelenting that those who heard it will never forget. It was as if a freight train was coming full steam ahead, straight at them. They didn’t have a chance to take cover and prayed for help. And that prayer was answered when lineworkers arrived at the chaotic scene shortly after the twister rolled through. 

“Everything was just gone,” said Flynn. “We are lucky that nobody died. Things, even our homes, can be replaced, people can’t.” 

Scary Moment 

This wasn’t something that could have been prevented. It was a ferocious tornado packed with 110 mile per hour winds bearing down on our Marshall neighbors. Cell phones chirped with tornado warnings while sirens blasted across the region. Some said it was the scariest moment of their lives. 

All it took was 90 seconds. But it will be part of history for this community for years to come. The tornado left a trail of devastation in its wake including a truck that was sucked out of a garage onto a rock about 70 feet away.  

Down the road a trailer in a backyard was viciously tossed, ending up in the front yard – half a football field away. Animals, including sheep, were wandering aimlessly just as confused as their owners about what just happened after their fencing was busted from the high winds.  

People were left picking up pieces of their lives from the devastation, looking for comfort and compassion. And that’s exactly what our crews provided them.   

Responding immediately to the heart of the devastation and working to restore power and a bit of normalcy to the devastated region was their top priority. 

Along with replacing wires, crossarms and poles, they listened intently to residents and gave reassurances that their power would be restored as soon as possible. 

Flynn, who owns a rental property off 19 Mile road on his family’s farm, said crews were patient about him asking questions about his electrical system and who was responsible for things, including masting

Thankful for Crews 

“They were exceptional in explaining to me what I needed to do,” Flynn said. “I can’t thank them enough for getting my power back on. The devastation here is just unbelievable. I’m grateful to see the crews out here. We need them after this disaster.”  

The crews worked 16hour shifts through extreme blustery weather conditions, with temperatures dipping into the low 20s. Most didn’t even take the time to even eat. After all, there was work to be done and customers in need. 

Several crew members said they felt for the homeowners who had their lives shattered and wanted to do their part to start the rebuilding. 

And the crews will be ready for the next one whenever it is, wherever it is. Flynn is sure of that. 

“I have all the respect in the world for what these crews did for us in our time of need,” he said. “They always seem to come through for us.” 

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