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Base community recovers from winter weather

By Nathan L. Hanks Jr. | | January 13, 2011

A powerful winter storm worked its way through the Southeast late Sunday and early Monday knocking out power to parts of the Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany. Ice-covered tree limbs collapsed on power lines, interrupting service to the housing area and causing the Commissary and Marine Corps Exchange to close Monday, according to Bob James, deputy director, Operations and Training Division.

“The main power outages were in the base family housing area but another circuit was also down which feeds parts of our ‘downtown’ area, to include the Base Chapel, Armory, Base Theater and several other buildings,” said John Hoffpauir, deputy public works officer, Installation and Environment Division, MCLB Albany. “Our high voltage crew, led by David Dauro, utilities supervisor, responded quickly to incidents as they occurred.” Power was restored by 2:30 p.m., he added.

As a result of Sunday’s hazardous storm, MCLB Albany and Marine Corps Logistics Command officials enacted a liberal leave policy for non-essential personnel late that night.

“The overriding concern when making a decision to institute a liberal leave policy is the safety of the Marines, civilian-Marines and contractors working on base,” James said. “Although we were not expecting major problems here on base, we knew conditions were going to be bad in the surrounding area.

“The decision was made because we did not want the employees to travel under these conditions, especially since all local area schools had been closed for the day,” he said.

The approaching storm was monitored by OTD personnel. A small cell of the Emergency Operations Center was stood up to monitor and respond to any situations, according to James.

“We were aware of the possibility on Friday that the weather could deteriorate late Sunday into Monday morning,” James said. “We sent out updates using e-mail, Facebook and the base emergency hotline.”

In preparation for the storm, Col. Terry V. Williams, commanding officer, MCLB Albany, coordinated with various tenant organization on base and issued a liberal leave policy for Monday, according to James.

By 4 p.m. Monday the base resumed normal operations.