Clayton officials said 106 structures were damaged in the tornadoes that occurred on Memorial Day, damaged that ranged from minor to total losses.
The damage breakdown, according to Director of Development Jack Kuntz:
• About 20 single-family homes were total losses, seriously damaged or deemed unlivable
• About 78 single-family homes sustained minor to moderate/significant damage
• About six multi-family structures (apartments) sustained minor to moderate damage
• About two commercial buildings sustained minor to moderate damage.
“We were fortunate in the number of community groups and neighboring communities donating their time and resources to assist Clayton in the cleanup,” Kuntz said.
The city had more than a dozen pallets of bottled water from the local Red Cross. The water was distributed at the Salem Church of God by staff and members of the church.
The local Walmart donated more than $2,000 of food and water to residents, and it was distributed at the city’s government center. Local residents also dropped off cases of water.
The city had more than 110 people sign up to help the neighborhoods affected, plus countless individuals and groups who just showed up, according to officials.
Local companies donated equipment and time to tree clean-up and removal. The Preble County Engineer’s Office helped the service department remove the brush along the roads after tree and brush clean-ups.
The local companies and groups that assisted in the clean-up included Valley Interior Systems, A1 Concrete, Ritter Plumbing and Pipeline Co., Plain City, Ohio Department of Transportation, David Snook and Crew, Mike Hurd and New Life Church.
Meadowbrook of Clayton had a clean-up Monday with the help from Northmont High School’s golf and volleyball teams plus their families and the many golfers who golf at Meadowbrook.
“As with the entire Miami Valley region, Clayton was the recipient of an unbelievable amount of community support from our local residents, the Northmont community and surrounding jurisdictions, communities and organizations — everyone willing to lend a helping hand, resources and support us anyway we needed,” Kuntz said.
The service department will continue to pick up tree and brush debris from public right of way and curbs in these affected areas.
“We will also be doing everything we can to assist those residents who have lost everything as a result of the tornadoes and are looking to rebuild from the destruction from the storms,” Kuntz said.
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