Butler Twp. had about 200 structures with damage and 30 of those have major structural damage or deemed a complete loss. CONTRIBUTED

Butler Twp. reports 200 buildings damaged from tornado

Butler Twp. officials said about 200 structures were damaged in the EF-2 tornado that occurred on Memorial Day.

The southern part of Butler Twp. experienced the greatest loss and most significant amounts of damage, according to a release.

Township officials declared about 200 structures sustained some type of damage, 30 of which either had major damage or were deemed a complete loss.

The areas that sustained the most damage were Cricket Lane and Coppersmith Avenue off Brantford Road and Sunny Ridge off North Dixie Drive.

The business district of the township sustained some damage that included Burger King and Frisch’s, where the “Big Boy” was knocked to the ground.

Wing’s Sports Bar and Grille sustained heavy damage but vowed to rebuild.

Fire, police and service crews assessed the damages and made sure the roadways were cleared.

Rumpke, the township’s waste hauler, has provided dumpsters in heavy hit areas, and townships leaders encourage residents to use the dumpsters for trash, construction and demolition debris.

Portable toilets have been provided in some areas.

The township service crew began to remove tree and brush debris on Monday. The branches should be no more than eight feet long. Crews hauled 120 loads of brush Monday.

Service crews from Miamisburg, Kettering, Miami Conservancy District and Huber Heights will help this week with tree and brush pickups.

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Service Director Jeff Barnett was impressed to see the community band together. All of the sweat and hard work that the residents and volunteers did made the clean-up seem manageable to the Service Department, Barnett said.

Butler Twp. Trustee Mike Lang said damage literally bisected neighborhoods, streets and even neighbors in the community.

Christian Life Center set up a relief center with supplies and donations for those affected by the tornadoes.

“The outpouring of help and service provided to this community was unprecedented,” said Erika Vogel, township administrator. “As a township, we are so thankful to have so many people reach out in this time of need.

“While this event has been very strenuous for everyone affected, we know that we will come out this a better and stronger township.”

The township asks residents to send questions to evogel@butlertownship.com or call 937-898-6735.

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