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Monday, November 18, 2013 9:00 PM

DHI Correspondents

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CLOVERDALE — Cloverdale and the St. Barbara’s parish were hard hit during Sunday’s storms that went through the area.

The church has been almost completely leveled by the storm and the rectory badly damaged (the parish hall is still standing). The front entrance of the church is still standing but the rest is gone. The back shrine with the holy family and St. Barbara statue is still intact and the votive candles were actually still burning after the storm. The tabernacle with Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament has been buried in the rubble, The parish is hoping they can get out and recover this so the Eucharist is not lost.


Several homes were also destroyed in the storm.


Mayor Jud Spencer is requesting assistance in cleaning up the town. Individuals who can help clean up the streets so emergency vehicles can get in and out. Several buildings, including the church, were destroyed during the storm.

“We need feet on the ground, more than anything,” said Spencer.

The Red Cross has set up a shelter at the Oakhaven nursing home in Cloverdale. Those needing assistance, including warmth, may go to this location.

St. Barbara’s Catholic Church rectory was badly damaged by major storms that hit the small community Sunday evening. (Delphos Herald/Larry Heiing)The storm appears to have traveled northeast, leveling a barn housing Cooper Farm turkeys and damaging much of a home on C. R. 21-H on its rapid path across the Auglaize River. Putnam County Red Cross Disaster Director Michelle Williams said Monday a disaster assessment team has yet to determine if the damage was caused by a tornado.

Last Updated on Monday, November 18, 2013 10:12 PM

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