OUTAGAMIE COUNTY - As clean up from tornadoes a week and a half ago continues, the controversy into the emergency response to that storm is just beginning.
"It's clear from the documents that policy wasn't followed," said Outagamie County Board Member and Public Safety Committee Chair Jim Duncan.
FOX 11 has obtained a new Outagamie County report detailing the stormy early morning hours of August 7.
"There were trees down, power lines down. The power was reported out by an officer in Hortonville," said Duncan.
Duncan gave FOX 11 News a copy of a new report detailing minute by minute what happened when six tornadoes touched down in the area on August 7.
"The facts as stated in the document are inconsistent with what the county board was told by the emergency management director," said Duncan.
The report by the Outagamie County Sheriff's Department shows an officer reported some damage to a home at 12:30 a.m. At that point the siren should have been sounded. But, the siren didn't go off.
According to the Policy for Activation of Sirens in Outagamie County, the third item on a list of procedures states: "This policy is discretionary in that, if an officer in the field witnesses a tornado and no warning from the NWS is received, and/or strong enough winds are present to create serious endangerment to the citizens of the County, again through verification from an officer in the field or a reliable weather spotter, the sirens should be activated. All sirens will be activated."
Duncan says the report reveals the fuel line was turned off for one of the sirens. It had been disconnected while repairs were being made, and there was no back up.
Some county officials, including Duncan, have called for disciplinary action against Emergency Management Director Julie Loeffelholz.
She and others in her department and the sheriff's department could potentially face anything from a reprimand to losing their jobs over this siren issue.
FOX 11 News made several attempts to contact Loeffelholz Sunday. She did not respond to our requests.
The day following the severe weather, Loeffelholz did speak with FOX 11, saying trained weather spotters never saw any funnel clouds during the storm.
"Despite the fact the weather was forecast to be bad the other night, the indications were just not there that there was going to be a tornado," said Loeffelholz on August 8.
No one was killed during the tornadoes, but the storm caused $31 million in damage throughout the county.
"It may not be the best means of warning somebody, but it is a means, and it's the only means that Outagamie County is responsible for, so we have to be diligent," said Duncan.
Duncan says he wants the appropriate people in charge of public safety to be held accountable.
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