11/19/13 – 5:30 A.M.
11/19/13 – 9:45 A.M. Update
An EF-2 tornado was responsible for the damage to the Putnam County village of Cloverdale Sunday afternoon. The National Weather Service made the official declaration Monday. The twister destroyed the St. Barbara Catholic Church, and damaged or destroyed many other buildings in the town. The Putnam County Office of Public Safety reports that of the 67 structures in town, 42 were damaged in some way. Five structures were completely destroyed.
The Red Cross has set up a shelter at the Oak Haven senior living center in Cloverdale. Hot meals are being served to residents of the village and relief workers. Bottled water can also be picked up at the facility.
If you had to leave Cloverdale because of damage to your home, you’re urged to contact the Putnam County Red Cross to get help. People looking to donate to the relief effort can also call (419)523-4580.
Power is still out in the village, and AEP estimates it could still be a few more days before electricity is restored. While traffic through the village hasn’t been blocked, authorities are asking people who don’t have business in Cloverdale to avoid the area for the time being so that debris cleanup can continue.
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