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Jan-10-2008 19:55printcomments

Clark County Fire Crews Stand Down After Tornado

"If you live in the affected area, please stay inside if possible. As power is restored, there is the potential for live downed power lines that may be difficult to distinguish at night." - Leah Edwards, Clark County Fire

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Clark County Fire says some residents are still without power, but there were no injuries reported as a result of the tornado that touched down in Vancouver, Washington today.

(VANCOUVER, Wash.) - Clark County Fire District 6 in Washington scaled back operations at 7:00 PM in response to the afternoon tornado. Approximately 70 firefighters and 20 command center staff from nearly every fire agency in Clark County responded to emergencies associated with the Hazel Dell area tornado.

Spokeswoman Leah Edwards said most calls crews responded to were for property damage, downed power lines, and downed trees.

"Every 9-1-1 call was responded to due to the emergency response plans already in place in Clark County. We would like to remind the community that there is still potential for more emergencies. 9-1-1 should only be dialed in an emergency situation."

She says power has still not been restored to the entire affected area.

"If you live in the affected area, please stay inside if possible. As power is restored, there is the potential for live downed power lines that may be difficult to distinguish at night. As people are beginning their days tomorrow, they should also keep these hazards in mind."

During power outages, candles are commonly used for light. If possible, Edwards says you should avoid candle use for power outages."

"Keep flashlights or battery powered lanterns on hand for light. If you have to use candles, never leave candles unattended. Extinguish them when you leave the room."

The American Red Cross is available for those with immediate need only. If a resident's home is damaged from today's storm and it is uninhabitable, the American Red Cross will provide assistance.

Contact the American Red Cross Emergency Services Division at 360-693-5821




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