A statue of the Virgin Mary still stands in the midst of destruction in Cloverdale. Sunday night storms damaged many of the homes in the small community. The St. Barbara Catholic Church sanctuary, behind the monument, was destroyed, as well as much of the rectory. (Putnam Sentinel/Anne Coburn-Griffis)
CLOVERDALE - Cloverdale and the St. Barbara's parish were hard hit during Sunday's storms that went through the area.
The mayor, Jud Spencer, is requesting assistance in cleaning up the town. Individuals who can help clean up the streets so emergency vehicles can get in and out. Several buildings, including the church, were destroyed during the storm.
"We need feet on the ground, more than anything," said Spencer.
The Red Cross has set up a shelter at the Oakhaven nursing home in Cloverdale. Those needing assistance, including warmth as the temperature falls today, may go to this location.
According to the Facebook site for St. Barbara's Catholic Church, the church has been almost completely leveled by the storm and the rectory badly damaged (the parish hall is still standing). The front entrance of the church is still standing but the rest is gone. The back shrine with the holy family and St. Barbara statue is still intact and the votive candles are actually still burning. The tabernacle with Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament has been buried in the rubble, The parish is hoping they can get out and recover this so the Eucharist is not lost.
The storm appears to have traveled northeast, leveling a barn housing Cooper Farm turkeys and damaging much of a home on C. R. 21-H on its rapid path across the Auglaize River. Putnam County Red Cross Disaster Director Michelle Williams said Monday morning that As disaster assessment team has yet to determine if the damage was caused by a tornado.