Rebuilding of tornado-damaged properties resumes after being halted due to coronavirus

Tornado rebuilding projects temporarily halted due to the coronavirus pandemic have resumed, with extensive repair and reconstruction work taking place for homes damaged during the 2019 Memorial Day tornadoes.

The Miami Valley Long-Term Recovery Group is offering help for uninsured or underinsured homeowners who lived in properties impacted by the tornadoes.

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To apply for assistance, contact the United Way’s Helpline at 2-1-1 or 937-225-3000 by Aug. 1.

“As we approach the one-year anniversary of the Memorial Day tornadoes, we know our community is eager to restart the vital work of rebuilding and repairing homes,” said Laura Mercer, executive director of the Miami Valley Long-Term Recovery Operations Group. “We urge homeowners needing assistance to call 2-1-1 and enter the disaster case management system, which will inform our ongoing efforts to plan work and allocate resources.”

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The Helplink can also connect those affected by the tornadoes to resources for basics needs as well as spiritual and emotional support.I

The Dayton Foundation created the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund to help with long-term recovery needs. Donations will go toward securing resources to help repair and rebuild homes damaged during the tornadoes and help residents get back on their feet.

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Beginning Sunday, the Dayton Daily News will carry four days of storm anniversary coverage in print and online. Reporters Chris Stewart and Josh Sweigart, who walked the path of the most devastating tornado last year, have checked again on the pace of recovery and the issues still facing survivors and local jurisdictions.

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