Hope and faith prevail as friends, neighbors and residents rush to help in recovery effort
These aerial photos show major damage to homes in Whiteland from Friday night’s tornado that was upgraded Monday from E-2 to E-3 (136 to 165 mph). The tornado traveled 3.5 miles on a northeastly path. Grace Assembly of God on US 31 received bottled water and supplies Monday to be distributed to those stricken by the tornado. Power was being restored slowly Monday and volunteers, including staff and teachers from closed Clark-Pleasant Schools, helped with the clean-up.
Two tornadoes rolled through Bargersville and Whiteland Friday night leaving a path of destroyed homes.
In the true spirit of the Southside, hope prevailed as neighbors, friends, and other residents came to help immediately as the “recovery phase” began in earnest Monday.
More than 20 homes in Whiteland were destroyed or declared unlivable.
Nearly 50 REMC poles were uprooted, causing numerous power outages. I-65, strewn with debris, was closed momentarily Friday night and cleared. Walls of warehouse buildings under construction at Mohr Logistics Park just west of I-65 in Whiteland were blown for acres and across the interstate.
Near US 31 in Whiteland, the EF-3 tornado (165 mph wind) also damaged Whiteland Fire Department headquarters and the recently opened Clark-Pleasant library branch.
Many homes were without electricity Monday morning. Whiteland High School was closed. Due to power outage at the Whiteland sanitation plant, town officials urged residents to boil water before using.
Greenwood Middle School was the relief site for those displaced from their homes. Bottled water and other needed items were taken to Greenwood Middle School and New Whiteland Fire Department headquarters.
Volunteers rushed with bottled water, food, and other supplies to the middle school and to the New Whiteland Fire Department on Sweetbriar Ave.
Through it all, there were no known injuries. Grateful residents were relieved that the damage wasn’t worse.
Residents from nearby areas came into Whiteland to help in any way possible, providing hope for those stricken by the tornado. Our prayers go out to all those stricken by the tornadoes locally, statewide, and nationally late last week.
TO MAKE DONATIONS
• Donations can be made to the Red Cross online at redcross.org/donate/donation.html/ By phone, call 1-800-435-7669.
• Donations to help tornado survivors can be taken to New Whiteland Fire Department, 500 Sweetbriar Ave.
• As announced Monday, customers at Kroger stores can ask the cashier to accept a “disaster relief” donation to the Red Cross.
Homes in the Spring Hill subdivision in New Whiteland were damaged by the EF-2 tornado that struck north central Johnson County during the night Friday.
WAREHOUSE DEVELOPMENT FEELS WRATH OF TORNADO
The EF-2 tornado that swept through Whiteland Friday night struck hard at Mohr Logistics Park near I-65. The field of debris stretched across I-65 and forced authorities to close the interstate to traffic while debris could be cleared.
TORNADO DAMAGES NEW CLARK-PLEASANT LIBRARY
Tornado damage was extensive at the Clark-Pleasant branch library of Johnson County. The library will be closed indefinitely while repairs can be made. The new branch library was opened last year with many innovations for patrons. An entire HVAC unit was blown off the roof. The spacious single-story building sustained roof damage, broken windows, and ripped-off siding. Some books were damaged by water.