70 reports of storm damage filed in Eaton County through new online system

Although the windstorm in Eaton County, Michigan was not big enough to garner national attention, it was the first big event that could be reported through a new online reporting tool that Eaton County has made public. Reports including things like downed power lines, missing roof shingles and tree and branch damage. County official Arron Brown said that the tools allow them to see the preliminary damage, so they can get an idea of the impact of the event they’re working with.  The program also includes a rating system so users can rate how damaged something is, and since the program is linked to a map, it helps clean up teams know where they have to go first and where will be most effective. The program has made helped save the county save money and money.