Dillman Farm Shows Patience Needed To Rebuild After Storms

Last years’ storms destroyed the property, causing an estimated $1.4 million worth of damage.

Almost two weeks after storms ripped through south central Indiana, several organizations and residents are still rebuilding. But if businesses that suffered damage from last summer’s storms are any indication, the cleanup process could take months.

One damaged Monroe County business is only now getting back to normal. President of Dillman Farm, Cary Dillman reflects on last years’ storm. An EF1 tornado destroyed the property, causing an estimated 1.4 million dollars’ worth of damage.

Dillman says the Farm was shut down for about a month.

“There were trees inside the building it just looked like a, the insulation looked like it took a cotton candy machine and just swirled it around there was insulation everywhere—everything was just a mess,” he says.

As the tornado season approaches he says it doesn’t get any easier. Though all renovations aren’t complete, Dillman advice to the current victims who plan to rebuild in other areas of Indiana is that it takes patience.

“Emotionally it’s probably going to be another year before it’s kind of out of my mind but we got tornado season coming up again and so every time it storms you start thinking well I hope the buildings going to be there,” he says.

Dillman expects final renovations to be complete by June.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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