Franklin County officials: Manpower totals were in the 100s for Sheffield post-storm cleanup

Residents, volunteers and the city alike hauled away storm debris and fallen trees. SAVANNAH HOWE/PIONEER ENTERPRISE

It took just 10 hours for the evidence of a severe thunderstorm that slammed the Sheffield area to be cleared away by volunteers and city crews, Franklin County officials report.

According to Franklin County Emergency Services Director Thomas Craighton, 70 volunteers, mostly from Sheffield, signed up to lend a hand in the early Monday morning hours following the storm’s end late Sunday evening. He estimated that between 50 and 60 of the volunteers were West Fork football players, dancers and other athletes.

The volunteers worked from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with other responding crews from Hampton and Franklin County; dozens of uprooted trees and debris had to be cleared away, while Alliant also worked constantly to restore power to over 1,000 residents through the repair of 15 downed lines.

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