Some damaged Homes on Coppersmith Avenue in Butler Township are having roofs rebuilt. Repairs are underway or waiting for insurance settlements in communities throughout the Dayton area more than one month after the Memorial Day tornadoes tore through many neighborhoods. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Photo: Ty Greenlees
Photo: Ty Greenlees

Butler Twp. ending tornado brush removal phase, waiving some fees

The Dayton Daily News asked leaders in the affected communities for progress reports nearly one month after 15 tornadoes struck southwest Ohio on May 27, including what has changed in the weeks since then and what the biggest remaining needs and concerns are going forward.


What has changed in recovery efforts in the month since the tornadoes struck?

The township has finished up with brush removal and is preparing to remove the dumpsters from the neighborhoods. There have been many contractors beginning to work in the area making necessary repairs for residents.

What do you want to tell residents?

The township wishes all the affected property owners the best in their clean up, restoration and rebuild. We are available to provide assistance and direction in any way we can. Please call the office for any needs or questions you may have at 937-898-6735. The trustees plan to waive zoning permit fees for any residential reconstruction due to tornado damage.

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What are you hopeful about now?

We are hopeful that all residents, especially those who may be uninsured or under-insured, are able to move forward in their restoration and recovery process in a seamless manner.

How much has your township spent so far on storm costs?

Approximately $185,000.

How many residential/business properties were damaged?

Approximately 200 properties incurred building damage and many others had debris and tree damage.

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Do you have an estimate now of how many people are affected?

We do not have a total number of people affected.

Any dollar amount estimates on damage?

We do not have damage estimates for private property, however the township’s estimated clean-up and recovery costs are approximately $185,000.

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