Press conference held Friday afternoon updating tornado cleanup


A press conference was held Friday afternoon at 3:00 updating everyone on the relief efforts going on at Indian Lake.

Several people spoke including Helen Norris, who is in charge of the Logan County EMA.  She talked about the amount of work happening.  She said this is the largest debris event they have had to deal with in Logan County.  She said it is 10x of what the Ice Storm of 2005 did to our area. She released the EMA’s damage assessment.  They surveyed 900 structures.  133 were destroyed, 164 had major damage with 421 having minor damage and 178 were affected meaning they needed some form of minor repair.   Listen to her full statement.

Logan County Chamber of Commerce President Ben Vollrath is serving as the Public Information Officer during this event.  He praised all the volunteers and the donors throughout the last week.  He also encouraged folks who are coming in for the eclipse in two weeks to view the event from another location in Logan County.  He named West Liberty and Mad River Mountain as a few potential alternatives.  The Indian Lake State Park remains closed and was expecting a sold-out crowd for that weekend.

Listen to Vollrath’s report

Commissioner Joe Antram had this to say…

Indian Lake Schools Superintendent Dr. Rob Underwood said students are happy to be back in the classroom this week. He reports they had about 90% attendance on Thursday and Friday.  They found 96 students were displaced from the tornado and 56 are currently living outside the district.  Plans are underway to transport the out-of-district students to school next week.