EDITOR’S NOTE: Dayton Daily News reporters Chris Stewart and Josh Sweigart — joined at times by Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs — are traveling the length of the largest of the 2019 Memorial Day tornadoes. It tore a path across Montgomery County, impacting thousands of homes and businesses. We are gathering people’s stories and investigating obstacles to recovery. This story is part of that coverage. Go here for the full project.
From Trotwood to Harrison Twp. to Old North Dayton, each neighborhood impacted by the EF4 tornado that ripped through our region on Memorial Day has its own story to tell.
In the most recent episode of our “Walking the Path of the Storm” podcast, Dayton Daily News reporters Chris Stewart and Josh Sweigart, joined by Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs, share those stories.
In Trotwood, they came across some of the most expensive homes in the tornado’s path. They also found massive apartment complexes abandoned, leaving potentially thousands of people displaced.
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In part of Harrison Twp., business owners lamented the loss of income and residents complained about the loss of trees. There, reporters found a car dealership that suffered possibly the most expensive property damage from the storm. They also found a park where 200-year-old trees were felled, meaning it will take centuries to restore the region’s character.
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In other parts of Harrison Twp. and Old North Dayton, reporters found homeowners with low property values and lacking insurance who say they received little help from the government, but were aided by their neighbors.
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Next on their journey, the reporters are leaving Dayton and finding the location in Riverside where the EF4 tapered off. They are also talking to those impacted by others tornadoes that wreaked havoc in Beavercreek, Miami County and Butler Twp., and asked where they are on the road to recovery.
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