Wood County Residents Clean Up After Deadly Tornado

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Lake Township resident are assessing the damage and cleaning up after an F-3 tornado tore its way through Wood County over the weekend.

In stark contrast to Saturday night’s stormy weather that killed five people and destroyed or damaged 100 homes, the start of the week brings clear skies and comfortable temperatures to northwest Ohio.

Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn said parts of Lake Township looks as if a large weed eater pulverized an eight mile section of the town.

Lake High School was demolished along with the local police and fire EMS building. Wasylyshyn said residents and business owners have begun digging through the rubble.

“We can rebuild schools. We can rebuild police stations. The difficulty is going to be the ones who lost their lives. And then secondly, to those who lost personal items that they’ll never be able to replace whether family heirlooms, photo albums. Those are the things people are trying to collect now to piece together heirlooms and things are still salvageable,” he said.

Officials estimate damage could exceed $100 million. State leaders are working to get see if the areas qualify to be declared a federal emergency.