Clark, Champaign County rally around Memorial Day tornado victims, as fallout from storms continues

Clark and Champaign counties are ramping up efforts to help neighboring communities affected by as many as 13 tornadoes that touched down across the region Monday night.

The tornadoes, ranging in strength from EF-0 to EF-3 have been confirmed in Greene, Montgomery, Miami, Darke and Auglaize counties, according to the National Weather Service. Some of the hardest hit communities included Beavercreek, Celina, Dayton, Harrison Twp. and Trotwood.

The Chamber of Greater Springfield collected bottled water for donation Tuesday and into Wednesday afternoon for Dayton tornado victims.

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The Chamber dropped off the water at Mike’s Bike Park in Dayton, which is one of the designated water drop-off and pick-up locations for tornado victims in Dayton.

The Chamber wanted to do something to help Dayton residents affected by the tornado, Camaren Sloan, from the Chamber of Greater Springfield, said.

“Dayton is a great city; it’s our neighbor,” Sloan said. “We want to be as supportive as we can.”

The Chamber collected car-loads of bottles of water.

The Urbana Fire Division announced on their Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon that would also be assisting Dayton by providing mutual aid.

“The Urbana Fire Division is providing mutual aid to the City of Dayton by sending a water tanker truck along with two personnel to DFD Station 18 for the day,” the post said.

The post goes on to say the city of Dayton has requested help due to the tornadoes affecting their water supply.

Clark County Spokesman Michael Cooper said Clark County has also dispatched five tanker trucks from across the county to provide aid to affected counties.

The Interfaith Hospitality Network in Springfield is also collecting donations for victims. They are seeking the following items; bottled water, cleaning supplies, gas cards, bus passes, gift cards, toiletry items and hygiene products.

Those interested in donating can drop items off at 501 W. High St. in Springfield.

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Water outages continued across parts of Dayton and Montgomery County Wednesday morning as county water officials urged county water customers to conserve water usage.

Dayton city officials said approximately 60,000 city water customers were without water on Wednesday morning.

A boil advisory remained in effect for all of the City of Dayton, Montgomery County and Trotwood water customers Wednesday afternoon.

More patients are also continuing to pour into area hospitals officials with Premier Health which operates Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton said.

Hospitals experienced an increase of patients suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning late Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning. By Wednesday, more than 200 injuries had been reported.

Many illnesses of carbon monoxide poisoning were from people using generators after widespread power outages caused by the tornadoes, according to Sharon Howard, Director of Communications at Premier Health.

Patients suffering other injuries such as broken bones, dehydration and lacerations are also being treated at Dayton-area hospitals. Many of those new injuries were substained by people cleaning up debris, officials from Kettering Health Network and Premier Health said.

As of 2 p.m. on Wednesday, 204 patients at Dayton-area hospitals received or are currently receiving treatment for storm-related injuries, sustained either from the storm or in cleanup efforts, according to officials.

Numbers are expected to increase as additional reports continue coming in.

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Dozens of businesses in Beavercreek were affected by Monday’s tornado, and the Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce is trying to help them recover.

“The chamber is in recovery mode at this point,” said Amanda Byers, president/CEO of the Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce. “We’re collecting water, nonperishable food items, hygiene items as well as boxes. We’re distributing as we see the need.”

Byers said there are sections around the Mall at Fairfield Commons that are still inaccessible. She said the chamber is working to build a list of businesses and properties that were damaged, destroyed or otherwise affected by the storm.

Ohio is having an active year when it comes to tornadoes. On average, Ohio sees 19 tornadoes per year. However, this month alone, Ohio has seen 19 tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.

Preliminary numbers show 32 tornadoes reported in the state so far this year, four of which touched down in Clark County.

13: Tornadoes now confirmed to have touched down on Memorial Day

1: Person dead in Celina due to tornado

204: Patients that have been or are receiving treatment at Dayton-area hospitals

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