LCCD Press Release

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During the most recent Ice Storm and Snow Storms that Lapeer County experienced we found the value of cooperation between Lapeer County Central Dispatch, Police, Fire, EMS and the Lapeer County Road Commission. Having all agencies on the same radio system proved to be invaluable. When someone needed an ambulance, fire or police the Road Commission was there to assist clearing the road to the emergency. By everyone being on the new Lapeer County Central Dispatch Digital 800 MHz system, we were able to communicate immediately, without delay, the needs of the emergency agencies. All Emergency personnel put in many extra hours assisting the people of Lapeer County. My thanks go out to all Lapeer County Central Dispatch personnel, Fire Departments, Police Departments, and Emergency Medical Service agencies along with the Road Commission for a job well done.

DTE crews mobilized in Lapeer County at the Lapeer East High School during the ice storm and restored power much sooner than expected for most people. Lapeer County Central Dispatch had a dispatcher that was specifically assigned to working with DTE reporting all hazardous downed power lines. Police and Fire Departments were able to respond quickly where needed.

Victor A. Martin
Director
Lapeer County Central Dispatch
Phone: (810) 667- 0217 Ext 3

Potential For Hazardous Road Conditions This Weekend

Th Road Commission, is advising of potentially hazardous road conditions this weekend. The expected rain coming tonight through Saturday is going to turn gravel/back roads into sheets of ice.

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Here are the details:

  • In most places, the gravel roads ALREADY have 2” of ice on them (from the Christmas ice storm).
  • Plowing activities from the recent snowstorm, removed a lot of the snow on top of this ice.
  • It will not take much rain to wash away any remaining snow – turning them into ice skating rinks.
  • The rain is expected to start falling tonight around 9pm, increasing with intensity after midnight. It will continue throughout Saturday.
  • Our paved roads are still at freezing temperatures, therefore the rain falling on it, will not be melting – hence, they will be extremely icy as well.
  • We are hoping for a small amount of snow late Saturday into Sunday which should help with the icy conditions.
  • The Road Commission will have staff available for EMERGENCY SITUATIONS ONLY. Their trucks/equipment are JUST AS susceptible to icy roads as our personal vehicles.
  • They will only be assisting with LIFE SAFETY MEASURES (i.e. clearing/sanding roadways for an ambulance, police car or fire truck to get to a person’s home).

For your safety, if you don’t have to go out on Saturday, please don’t.

For questions, you can contact the Road Commission at 810-664-6272

Ice Storm Call Statistics

During a 33 hour period beginning at midnight Sunday, December 22nd until 9am Monday, December 23rd dispatchers handled a multitude of calls regarding the damage incurred by the ice storm. Below is a breakdown of some of the call statistics.

  • 9-1-1 Emergency calls: 547
  • Non-emergency calls: 597
  • Total calls: 1,144
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Here is a small breakdown of the number of different types of calls received. For a full report, download this PDF file.

  • Wires on fire: 136
  • Road hazards: 113
  • Wires down: 299