Cleanup underway for communities swept by Miami Valley tornadoes
GREENE CO., Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - The National Weather Service confirming four tornadoes slam into Ohio, two of them touching down in the Miami Valley.
Now communities are cleaning up, trying to recover while flood waters still linger.
“I think the shock's worn off, it was pretty brutal last night,” Michelle Barr Cummings said.
Cummings says her grandparents farm on Ludlow Road was hit by a tornado.
“I know very little about tornados but it didn’t look like straight line winds to me,” Cummings said.
The NWS says an EF-1 tornado hit this farm and others in Beavercreek, Xenia and Miami townships.
It was two football fields wide with speeds of 95 miles per hour.
“There's a giant whole where the roof used to be,” Cummings said.
Extensive damage, testing patience and pocketbooks.
“The insurance companies have been out assessing,” Cummings said.
On surrounding streets flood waters have closed roads, forcing drivers to find a new route.
“Looks like a fish could swim across it,” Xenia driver Jeremy House said.
Tuesday brought historic rains. NWS reported 2.88 inches, an inch more than the record set in 1957.
“It's just crazy a few hours of rain could do that much,” House said.
At the Barr family farm, Michelle and other relatives help her grandparents clean up, knowing long days are ahead.
“It's heartbreaking, it's something you don't want to see, something you don't want them to go through,” Cummings said.