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Lee County committee want to look at ways to help reduce storm damage

October 7, 2018

DIXON – A committee tasked with outlining ways to better prepare for natural hazards will be focusing on how to reduce damage during severe weather on Oct. 18.

The Lee County Hazards Mitigation Planning Committee will be meeting across the next several months to update the county’s hazards mitigation plan, which covers disasters including severe thunderstorms with damaging winds or hail, tornadoes, snow and ice storms, floods, drought, excessive heat, earthquakes, and dam failures.

Those interested in providing input relating to damage during severe weather can go to the committee meeting at 1 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Dixon Public Safety Building, 220 S. Hennepin Ave., or pass on comments or questions to their county board representatives.

“The goal of this committee meeting is to identify how often severe weather events occur within the county and what kinds of damages have resulted,” said Kevin Lalley, director of the Lee County Emergency Management Agency. “Based on this information, we will begin to update lists of activities and projects to reduce damages caused by these events.”

Cities participating in updating the plan are Amboy, Ashton, Dixon, Franklin Grove, Harmon, Steward and Sublette.

“This updated plan will be our best resource for determining how to prepare for storms and other natural hazards,” Lalley said. “After this updated plan is completed, comprehensive information will be available in one document to help guide those who are making decisions about how to better protect Lee County residents.”

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