Harrison County tornado victims begin to clean up and rebuild
NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ind. (WDRB) -- Residents of Harrison County, Indiana, are cleaning up after a powerful tornado ripped through the area Friday.
And one of the hardest hit areas was Lake Road in New Middletown. In fact, some people there are still looking for missing parts of their homes.
"When I saw the trees bending and then the wind picked up howling, I said, 'It's time to go to the basement,'" said Richard Buman, whose home was damaged by a tornado.
While Buman was in the basement Friday, the tornado wreaked havoc on his house.
"You hear the glass breaking and the roof ripping off," he said.
By the time the tornado was gone, there was a lot of damage, but that's not all.
"I noticed things missing," Buman said. "The porch roof was down, of course, and I didn't see the roof of the house."
After the shock, Buman, his family and some strangers got to work.
"I was definitely shocked," said Jamie Paris, Buman's daughter. "People have showed up with chainsaws that have no idea who he is. They just showed up with chainsaws and start cutting."
There is a significant path of destruction in New Middletown. WDRB Chief Meteorologist Marc Weinberg said it was an EF1 tornado that touched down in Harrison County with wind speeds of 105 miles per hour.
"This EF1 tornado was on the ground for six miles, and because it was a slow mover, it was on the ground for 15 to almost 20 minutes," Weinberg said. "And for our area, that is a pretty long time for a tornado to be continuously touching down, doing damage."
There's a lot of damage and a lot of missing parts, but Buman is focused on what's left.
"When it comes down to the amount of damage, the house is still standing," he said..
In most cases, people are able to stay inside their homes. But it will be months, maybe even longer, before things are back to normal.
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