The potential for severe weather on Wednesday kept city officials on their toes almost all day long.
Starting at 9 a.m. city workers started planning for what to do in case a damaging storm hut. The fire department is the main coordinating unit, giving everyone a role in how to help the area during a disaster. With a plan in place, many city workers were sent home and put on standby to help repair any damage that could come.
"We got everybody out that we could get home to get the rest that they can get and if something were to occur we'd call back and we didn't have to do that," said Julia Valdez, Rockford's Assistant City Administrator. "We didn't have any lights go down, we didn't have any cables coming down, we were really very lucky with today's storm , the potential was pretty significant."
At 4 p.m. everyone in City Hall, including patrons and employees, were in the basement. They stayed there for 40 minutes until they knew it was safe to come out.
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