2017-07-13 / Front Page

Flushing Twp. Police Dept. damaged by storm

By Sam Tunningley


The west end of the police department was most affected by the lightning, as shown here inside the office bathroom. As of Monday, the section is still barred off from the public – any visitor must be escorted by a third party. 
Photo courtesy of the Flushing Township Police Department. The west end of the police department was most affected by the lightning, as shown here inside the office bathroom. As of Monday, the section is still barred off from the public – any visitor must be escorted by a third party. Photo courtesy of the Flushing Township Police Department. FLUSHING TWP. – The Flushing Township Police Department experienced severe damage during an electrical storm on July 1, around 1 p.m., when a bolt of lightning struck near the offices.

The lightning damaged the newest addition to the department building on the west end, constructed in 1999, and required the assistance of Montrose, Swartz Creek and the Flushing City Fire Departments. Flushing Police Chief Brian Fairchild said one officer was working on a report in the building during the incident but experienced no personal injury and called 911 immediately.

Fairchild said the township had been stationed at the city offices all last week before moving back into the building on Monday. The department was able to preserve all of their computers and files without any damage.

The building became temporarily uninhabitable due to smoke and excessive water damaging. Police are now working to assess the damages and figure out the costs – Fairchild said he is planning on meeting with a contractor on Wednesday this week, as of Monday morning.

Wendy Meinburg, Flushing Township Clerk, said repairs are planned for the entire police department. She said township officials were out of town for the holiday, and the environment was affected for the rest of the week.

“Everyone came into work on Wednesday, but the smoke damage was way too bad in here, so we could only work part of the day,” said Meinburg.

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