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Southern Indiana Continues Tornado Cleanup After Snowfall

Snow covered several towns in Southern Indiana that were hit by tornadoes in storms that swept through the state, killing 39 people in five states.

Despite Sunday night’s snowfall, the clean up continued in Henryville, Ind., which was hit with two of the tornadoes that killed 13 people across the state Friday.

Resident Rhonda Bottorff says the road ahead is a difficult one but the community has united to help one another.

“We just continue to pick things up and make sure everybody has their most urgent needs met,” she says. “If we can get electric and water and those kind of basic supplies to people so they can stay in their houses because some people aren’t going to leave their homes.”

Volunteers from across the country are working to distribute supplies and clear debris. Michael Musni came in with his church from Denver, Colo.

“We want to do as much as we can, at least provide some assistance to the families that have been affected by this tragedy, and also give them some comfort, show some relief like a mother’s love,” he says.

Two tornadoes hit the town – including one that was categorized as an EF-4 and had wind speeds that hit 175 mph. Governor Mitch Daniels toured the area Saturday and has since declared a disaster emergency in 11 counties, including Clark County where Henryville is located.

Daniels says it is too early to begin calculating the damage from Friday’s tornadoes, but he is hopeful the state will qualify for federal relief.

Read a previous article and view more photos of the storm damage in Henryville.

Sara Wittmeyer

Sara Wittmeyer is the News Bureau Chief for WFIU and WTIU. Sara has more than a decade of experience as a news reporter and previously served with KBIA at the University of Missouri, WNKU at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY, and at WCPO News in Cincinnati.

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