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New Report Highlights 'Confusing' Evacuation Orders, Communication Issues in Husky Incident

WDIO-TV
Updated: September 23, 2018 10:36 PM

A new report is highlighting confusion in the evacuation orders and the lack of communication between agencies during the Husky Oil Refinery incident.

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The Duluth News Tribune reports that authorities struggled to relay accurate evacuation orders to the public and experienced communication gaps between agencies during the incident.

This according to an 18-page report that was prepared by Douglas County Emergency Management and the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

According to the Duluth News Tribune, the report said that the evacuation zone was deemed confusing by residents and other agencies. It also highlighted a couple examples of communication gaps.

In one of them, county health department officials were not immediately told about the incident. In another, a medical helicopter was not able to establish air to ground communications.

Keith Kesler, Douglas County Director of Emergency Management Communications told the Duluth News Tribune that although the report highlighted some communication issues, he's pleased with how agencies worked together.

Eyewitness news reached out to Kesler, but have not yet heard back.

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