HAMMOND | We finally back to normal after a very rainy, storm filled week. As you know, Hammond, Highland and Griffith got hit by a major storm the evening of June 27 at about 6 p.m. Numerous trees were knocked down, some hit houses, some hit cars, and many took down power lines. A good portion of our city was without power Thursday into Friday, and some residents were still waiting into early this week to have their electric restored. The Hammond Police Department had extra patrols in the affected areas, and it was fairly quiet after we addressed all the downed power lines.
I was impressed by the way neighbors helped each other moving trees and branches that had been taken down in the storm. I ran into a man and his two sons who after the storm, grabbed a chainsaw out of their garage, and traveled the neighborhoods helping anyone in need.
On Tuesday, after the first major storm, the City of Gary lost it's ability to field 911 calls. The Hammond police dispatch center took all of Hammond's and Gary's 911 calls and relayed the Gary calls by phone to their center.
On Friday night, Gary Police Department returned the favor. During the short storm on that evening, we lost our ability to receive 911 calls. The City of Gary took our calls and relayed them to us. Eventually, one of our dispatchers (part-time dispatcher/full time bookkeeper Tinesha Greenwell) traveled to Gary, took our 911 calls and sent them via computer to our patrol officers. Finally, in the late evening hours, AT&T restored our call services.
I'm thankful for the way my officers and dispatchers pitched in when the chips were down. They did a fine job.