Miami County to open assistance center for those affected by storms

Miami County will open a Resource Assistance Center for residents affected by the Memorial Day storm and tornado.

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The American Red Cross, Miami County Emergency Management Agency, Miami County Public Health, Miami County Job and Family Services and Miami County Auditor will have representatives and information available at the center in the West Milton Municipal Building, 701 S. Miami,St., West Milton.

The center will be open Friday, May 31, from 1-7 p.m.; Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and June 3-5 from 1 to 7 p.m. daily.

Damage assessment teams were sent Tuesday to the impacted area around Potsdam, Laura, Ludlow Falls and West Milton. They documented dozens of homes and buildings that received major damage and many more that were affected by the storm, the Emergency Management Agency said.

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Many of these areas may still be affected by downed power lines, debris and flooding, the EMA said Wednesday. The National Weather Service said Wednesday an EF-2 tornado hit in Union Twp. during the storms.

Motorist were advised to watch for warning signs for road closures and avoid these areas. Do not approach downed or low hanging power lines and report them immediately to the power company. Also be sure to use caution and avoid areas where trees may be damaged or weakened as the trees or branches may be unstable and unsafe, the EMA said.

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Any residents needing housing assistance due to the storm are asked to contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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