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Posted on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 6:10 p.m.

Washtenaw County offers assistance to Dexter Township residents

By Lisa Allmendinger


A scene from Carriage Hills subdivision in Dexter Township following the EF-3 tornado that went through the neighborhood last Thursday.

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Washtenaw County is stepping in to aid Dexter Township residents with tornado cleanup efforts.

County Commissioner Rob Turner said that the county is lending a hand to Dexter Township residents in the Carriage Hills subdivision because, unlike the Village of Dexter, they do not have a department of public works.

The county has placed several portable toilets in the Carriage Hills neighborhood as cleanup efforts continue following Thursday’s EF-3 tornado. It blew through this subdivision, flattened trees and damaged homes along portions of Dexter-Pinckney Road and continued into the Village of Dexter, where it severely damaged the Huron Farms subdivision.


Some of the tornado debris in the Carriage Hills subdivision in Dexter Township.

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Turner said that the county has provided residents with five trash containers for their debris inside the subdivision, there are two trash containers at Dexter Township Hall in the parking lot and two at Dexter Townhall Road and North Territorial in the parking lot of a closed restaurant at the corner there.

In addition, he said, the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Department has sent tree-chipping crews to the subdivision, which are starting on the east end of Horseshoe Drive, the main road in the subdivision, and working west while county-contracted crews are starting on the west end of the road and working east.

“They’ll meet in the middle,” he said.

Dexter Township Supervisor Pat Kelly spent her 60th birthday Monday walking the ravaged area talking to residents and handing out informational flyers.

"I spent my 50th birthday at my first board meeting as the new (appointed) supervisor of Dexter Township," she said, and 10 years later, she was still working for the residents, who have twice elected her to the seat.

Here's a pdf with all the information: March 19 2012 Dexter Township Tornado.pdf.

Turner said that residents along Dexter-Pinckney Road are asked not to place their limbs and tree debris in the road right-of-way. He said that what’s already piled up will be removed by the Washtenaw County Road Commission and its contracted crews, but that residents should stop piling it up along the road.

"They rocked," Kelly said of county officials who offered the assistance. "We need it, and I'm not looking a gift horse in the mouth."

“I’m the county point person for these efforts,” he said, and resident can call him at 734-341-6612 if they need help or have questions.

Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for She can be reached at For more Dexter stories, visit our Dexter page.


One of the thousands of uprooted trees in Dexter Township.

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Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 1:02 a.m.

(posted at another Dexter thread as well) I volunteer for a local woods (public schools property). We maintain the fairly-high-traffic pathways with wood chips. Storms such as this last one can (and did!) wipe out years worth of trail maintenance. Who can I contact in order to fill up my 6-yard dump trailer with wood chips, and save the community some trucking costs by trading them for my volunteer hauling labor?


Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 2:56 a.m.

Just go to the Carriage Hills subdivision tomorrow. They have been looking for places to dump. Or try calling the Washtenaw County Parks and Rec dept I would think.


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 11:48 p.m.

What happened to Dexter twp's public works dept.?


Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 2:53 a.m.

Dexter Village has a dept. of public works (who have always done an awesome job, tornado or not), Dexter Township has never had one. Until the tornado came along there was no real need for it.