PERU, Ind. (WISH) - National Weather Service officials confirm a tornado hit Peru on Wednesday.
Officials said an EF-1 tornado with estimated winds of 95 mph hit the community in Miami County.
PHOTOS | Storm tears through Peru
Trees were uprooted and structures were destroyed as a result of the tornado. No serious injuries were reported.
The tornado's path was about 3 1/2 miles long.
The community began the clean-up process on Thursday . Other nearby communities and Gov. Mike Pence had all offered assistance.
Peru Mayor Jim Walker acknowledged things could have been much worse. He says the biggest concern now is finding ways to help those in the community who have damaged homes but don't have home insurance.
Lucille Robertson fits into that category. She was home when the tornado rolled through.
"I heard a real loud sound and all of a sudden I saw the wind blowing. I figured it was a tornado that went through then it got all dark," said Robertson.
The senior citizen lives in the hardest hit residential area in Peru. She's hopeful the government or a local charity will help her with the financing to fix her home.
Her next door neighbor, and sister, is slightly better off.
A massive tree fell on Roberta Johnson's roof. It caused major structural damage to the home.
"Been here since '74. Never seen something like that. Maybe some tree limbs but never something like this," said Johnson.
Johnson says the winds were so strong, branches from the tree shot through the siding of her home like arrows. A four foot branch landed in one of her bedrooms.
Johnson is less worried about the damage compared to her sister because she has insurance, but she doesn't know if her home can be fixed.
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