Summitville lifts emergency after storm sweeps through town | public safety

SUMMITVILLE – The city of Summitville briefly declared an emergency and blocked all entrances to the city after a severe storm swept through the city Wednesday evening, causing damage.

The city posted on its Facebook page a call for residents to come home and stay off the streets so emergency crews can work. So far, no injuries have been reported in the city.

The city lifted the emergency declaration shortly before 10 p.m.

Madison County Sheriff Scott Mellinger confirmed that law enforcement administrators were notified of “extensive damage” in Summitville from high winds. No injuries had been reported as of 8:30 p.m.

Mellinger said a sheriff’s deputy at the scene reported less than a dozen structures were damaged. There were a large number of downed branches and some trees were badly damaged, but no injuries were reported.

City officials are urging people to check on their neighbors, especially the elderly and those with reduced mobility, to make sure they are okay. First responders are going door to door to check on people.

Summitville City Marshal Thomas Everett confirmed emergency crews were split into two teams to survey the city and conduct house-to-house checks. Everett said officials were checking that everyone was okay and if they had the power.

The search will continue through the night, Everett said.

The current estimate is that the declaration of emergency may not be lifted until the early hours of the morning. People are asked not to enter the city.

City officials in a social media post also urged residents not to clean up the scene until first responders can document the scene. Officials said documentation will be required for insurance purposes.

No decision has yet been made by the National Weather Service office in Indianapolis as to whether the damage was caused by straight-line winds or a tornado.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.