This aerial photo, taken by Eckel Air Photo above Cloverdale on Tuesday, Nov. 19, reveals the destructive path of the Nov. 17 tornado that touched down in Cloverdale. The remains of St. Barbara's Catholic Church are shown in the lower center of the image. The parish hall still stands and is serving as a central meeting place during the this week's recovery efforts. (Photo submitted by Jeff Eckel)
OTTAWA - The Putnam County Office of Public Safety issued a statement on Nov. 20 regarding recovery efforts in the Village of Cloverdale due to destruction caused by the Nov. 17 storm event.
According to the release, persons with homes impacted by the storms are asked to call the Putnam County Emergency Management Agency office at 419-538-7315 to report damages. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
All contractors are required to register with the Village of Cloverdale. Registration will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21 and Friday, Nov. 22 at the Town Hall, 210 Mahoning St., Cloverdale.
Clean up efforts are progressing nicely, but volunteers are still needed and are asked to meet the corner of Cloverdale's Main and 1st Streets on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. Individuals are advised to dress for the weather and to bring rakes and work gloves, if available.
The response for requests for donated clothing has been overwhelming. No more clothing is needed at this time. Donations are being accepted for the following items: rakes, snow shovels, trash bags, moving boxes and five-gallon buckets. Donations may be dropped off at the Oak Haven Residential Care Center, 152 Main St., Cloverdale.
The Putnam County Long Term Recovery Task Forces (LTRTF), a county-wide group of local and regional agencies and organizations created to provide assistance to those involved in disaster, has established the "November 17th Recovery Fund". One hundred percent of monies donated to this task force remain local as the mission of LTRTF is "placing recovery resources in the hands of those who need it most." Donations may be made at any Putnam County Huntington Bank or Fort Jennings State Bank. For a tax deductible donation, checks may be mailed to the "November 17th Recovery Fund" at P.O. Box 472, Ottawa, OH 45875.