PENDLETON — A good portion of the town of Pendleton remained closed on Wednesday, two days after a Memorial Day tornado outbreak in Indiana ravaged part of the town.
Pendleton was the hardest hit city in Indiana, taking the brunt of what the National Weather Service said was "at least" an EF-2 tornado with winds up to 130 miles per hour. The tornado that struck Pendleton was 100 yards wide and was on the ground for nearly six miles, according to the NWS.
Miraculously, only one person was injured.
Indiana State Police had initially closed off the entire town following the storm and evacuated residents from their homes because of downed power lines and a major gas leak. Crews have been working non-stop since Monday night to restore power and make the area safe for those who live there and the hundreds of volunteers who are ready to come in and help clean up from the storms.
Tuesday evening, Indiana State Police were able to open part of the town back up to residents. As of Monday morning, everything west of Pendleton Avenue remains closed.
On Wednesday, a Volunteer Reception Center is expected to open to help manage volunteers who wish to come and help with the clean up process. Emergency Management will release more information about that when it is set up.
If you are in Madison County and sustained any damage from the May 27 tornado, please visit 211 Get Connected to fill out our disaster relief form. If you are in need of additional assistance resources are available at the EM website or dial 211. #PendletonINStorm