Archbold, OH

EMS Director Praises Tornado Cleanup Effort

Justin Thompson, Fulton County Director of Emergency Management, said tremendous progress has been made to clean up after a Saturday, June 5 tornado swept through southwest Swancreek Township.

Thompson estimated 2,000 volunteers helped from as far away as California. His records indicate volunteers worked more than 7,000 man-hours, “but I’m sure it exceeds that.

“It’s just remarkable,” he said.

The cleanup has been a joint effort with Lucas County, sharing resources and volunteers, he said.

With the state disaster declaration, Thompson said state assets, such as Ohio Department of Transportation dump trucks, front-end loaders, and other heavy equipment, were pressed into service.

In the meantime, FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has been on scene, conducting a disaster assessment. Depending on the assessment, federal resources and programs could be available.

While a lot of debris has been removed, Thompson said tree trunks, limbs, branches, etc. still need to be removed.

Property owners must deal with their own insurance companies, he said.

The Fulton County Emergency Management Agency assessment of tornado damage indicates 68 homes were damaged. Eleven had minor damage, 20 suffered major damage, and 11 were destroyed.

The assessment only applies to homes. It does not include barns, storage sheds, etc.

The National Weather Service classified the tornado that hit around 11 p.m., June 5, as an EF2, with winds at 111 miles per hour or greater.

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