Fire Chief Hoeft: Never Seen Anything Like Dexter Damage

A crew from the Saline Area Fire Department helped with search and rescue after a tornado struck Dexter Thursday.

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Chief Craig Hoeft was part of a Saline Fire Department crew assisting in Dexter Thursday after a tornado ripped through a subdivision and tore some homes down to their frames.

Hoeft returned from Dexter after midnight. He reported there were no injuries or serious injuries. But he was still amazed by the damage.

"I've been doing this for 32 years and I can't say I've ever seen anything like that before. It's devastating what mother nature can do," said Hoeft.

There were reports of a funnel cloud spotted east of Saline near although there does not appear to have touched down.

Here's information from the Washtenaw County Sheriff on the damage in Dexter:

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office along with many first responding agencies from the area have been searching and assessing damage in and around Dexter Village due to the severe weather.

  • Currently there are no known serious injuries or deaths.
  • At 5:29p.m. there was a funnel cloud sighting at North Territorial and Dexter Pinckney. Soon after the tornado touched down in the Village area.
  • The worst hit areas were the Carriage Hills and Huron Farms neighborhoods. Currently there are over 100 homes with significant damage and around 13 that are totally destroyed.
  • The storm moved from North West Washtenaw County through the Dexter Area and headed South East.
  • Incident command is in place including multiple fire agencies.
  • Additional fire and support equipment is staged and in place if needed.
  • Police have established points to direct traffic including inner and outer perimeters.
  • Area residents who have power should stay in their homes.
  • Individuals who may require some shelter should respond to the Dexter Mill Creek School.
  • Those not from the area are encouraged to stay away as many of the roads are blocked off.
  • The situation is in stasis and fire and police are working cooperatively to confirm damage and provide assistance and support where required.
  • Medical units are also on scene and in place providing support as may be required


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