Contractors use heavy equipment to remove larges logs during the recovery operations at Wright-Patterson AFB. Volunteers from around Wright-Patterson AFB worked alongside base emergency responders and housing residents to ensure everyone’s safety and begin the cleanup process. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

Wright-Patt cleared 331 pounds of debris from airfield; 12 homes destroyed

The 12 houses were just a fraction of the 150 homes at the Prairies at Wright Field damaged by one of 13 tornadoes that rolled through Ohio on Monday. Displaced families were directed to temporary lodging facilities to ensure they had a safe place to stay during recovery operations, according to a press release from Wright-Patt.

Working with the privatized housing contractor for the Prairies neighborhood, base officials inspected all units for structural damage.

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Staff Sgt. Michael Olson, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, helps to remove a shed from the front yard of someone’s home during recovery operations. Residents worked alongside other volunteers from around Wright-Patterson AFB and base emergency responders to ensure everyone’s safety and begin the cleanup process. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)
Photo: Staff Writer

Workers and volunteers cleared downed trees and debris that covered the area and the end of the day, all roads had been cleared for traffic. Electrical service was also restored and an inspection for any exposed or downed lines was conducted, according to the base.

Damage to Wright-Patt and the immediate surrounding area was mostly confined to the Prairies neighborhood. A survey of both Area A and Area B was completed and minimal damage including downed trees and debris was found, according to the base.

But, Airfield operations were temporarily suspended Tuesday for an inspection of runways and taxiways. Around 331 pounds of debris were removed from the Airfield and operations were deemed safe to continue later in the day.


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