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June 24, 2014

Residents rebuilding after strong storm

PLAINFIELD — Residents here are cleaning up after a strong line of storms hit the county Tuesday afternoon.

There were reports that a tornado touched down at about 2:30 p.m. near Perry Road and U.S. 40 moving northeast and throwing debris.

The Cameron Meadows subdivision off of Raceway Road saw some of the most extensive damage as trees were uprooted, roofs were ripped off, and plenty of debris was strewn about. One homeowner came outside to find the large tree that had been in his yard was now on top of his car.

Plainfield Fire Department Assistant Chief Brent Anderson said the silver lining is that there were no injuries.

“We don’t have any reports of any injuries, nobody confirmed missing or injured, or trapped in their homes — nothing to that extent,” he said.

Original reports that three homes were completely destroyed later proved to be false, although numerous homes were damaged.

In the hours after the storm, public safety officials combed the streets of the subdivision to make sure everyone was still safe.

“We’re just trying to secure the utilities and prevent any further hazards,” Anderson said. “We’re doing a little bit of accountability for the people that are here and checking for further damage.”

Police and fire personal from all Hendricks County towns, Marion County, and Indiana State Police responded to the damage.

“It’s a little unique right here because we’re on the county line,” Anderson said. “You have agencies from both counties, probably a little more than what we’d usually send. We’re working through it. Right now it looks like strong winds or possible tornado damage.”

Plainfield Chamber Director Brad DuBois said he didn’t see the tornado but it rained quite a bit where he was.

“It rained pretty hard and my phone went off giving us the alert of the possibility of a tornado, but it didn’t blow really bad,” he said.

As soon as the storm had passed here, residents were out with chainsaws and rakes, cleaning up the damage.

It continued through to the west side of Indianapolis and the Speedway area, damaging more homes, downing additional trees and closing roadways with debris.

The tornado warning in Hendricks County was lifted at 3 p.m. A tornado warning was then issued for Marion and Hamilton counties and it was lifted at 3:45 p.m.

A flash flood warning remained in effect for Hendricks County until 7:30 p.m.

For more storm aftermath photos, visit The Hendricks County Flyer Facebook page.

Follow Hendricks County Flyer reporter Steven Penn on Twitter @Steven_Penn.

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