Sorting through the wreckage in Nappanee

By: Ryan Famuliner Email
By: Ryan Famuliner Email

Crews from all over Michiana were working through the night to clear dangerous spots in the Nappanee area.

The intersection of U.S. 6 and county road 7 was hit especially hard.

A factory in the street, and a mobile home on train tracks.

That's just some of the aftermath of a suspenseful night in Nappanee.

“We were in the house at the time, thank God we had the TV on, we got downstairs with the kids and everything, we heard it coming, we heard the roof go and everything,” said Melinda Alexander of Nappanee.

Emergency crews from all over - even some from Michigan, came to help out.

“They're trying to get power lines out of the way, and it hit all the way down the road,” said Thomas Weber, who was helping his sister with her damaged home.

“We were clearing everything by hand until they got some bobcats out here, we got buildings and power lines everywhere, and it looks like a miniature war zone,” said Dan Landis.

After storms ripped through one of the main drags in Nappanee, and even after hours of work, it still looked like a disaster area, with power lines down everywhere.

One Goshen man, who isn't even an emergency worker - decided to answer the call.

“We heard about the twister that touched down, and I figured we're a close-knit community, someone's got to help out, and so I grabbed the axes and hammers, and headed out this way,” Landis said.

And for many in Nappanee, the help is definitely needed.

“We're going to different family members, her car's gone, her car seat’s gone, totally destroyed, and everything it's gone,” Alexander said.

As always in crisis situations, the Red Cross is a good resource to call to help. Also, WNDU is told the Hope Crisis Response Network is at work in Nappanee. Their number is 1- 866-903-4673.

Also, authorities have said unless you have a reason to be in Nappanee, it's best for everyone to stay away for the time being, until things settle down.


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