Clean-up begins after tornado damages properties near Fort Recovery

MERCER COUNTY — The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF2 tornado touched down and moved through a portion of Mercer County, near Fort Recovery, Friday afternoon. Not long after the storm passed, the clean-up process began.

“You never think you’re going to be the one to get hit,” David Link said.

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Link, a third-generation food producer, was concerned for the safety of their livestock after the tornado touched down, damaging their barn on Burrville Road.

He told News Center 7′s Michael Gordon that he was “blessed” with the amount of help he has gotten.

Dozens of fellow farmers and friends rushed to help Link and his family evacuate their livestock and help begin cleaning up the damage, some Link did not know personally.

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“It’s wonderful. This community and how good all the neighbors are; I didn’t know a lot of people,” Link said.

The O’Connor family also sustained damage to their property and loss over 20 of their livestock. They told Gordon that while they are upset about the damage and loss, they have been thankful for the way the community has rallied around them.

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