PERU, Ind. (WISH) - During a press conference Thursday morning, Peru Mayor Jim Walker discussed clean up efforts following a strong storm that swept through the area Wednesday afternoon.
Peru Police Department officials said strong winds hit the city shortly before 2 p.m. There were no reports of serious injuries. Walker says there were two minor injuries reported.
VIDEO 1 | Aerial view of Peru storm damage
VIDEO 2 | Aerial view of Peru storm damage
Walker said it could have been worse.
"The best news is there are no major injuries," he said. "Everything else we can fix."
He thanked the help from outside the community, including Kokomo and Logansport, as well as Gov. Mike Pence, who called and offered help from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
Walker says all streets were open Thursday morning although southern parts of the city needed to be cleanup up due to debris on the ground.
If residents get their yard cleaned up, pull trees to the curb or tree line, the city will pick them up, he said. The city will also pick up trees from mobile home parks.
Power on the west end of town has been restored, and they expect all power in Peru to be restored by 6 p.m. Thursday.
Walker says the curfew, which was issued in the afternoon for 9 p.m. Wednesday night, has been lifted.
Three extra police officers patrolled Wednesday night to protect businesses because security and surveillance systems weren't working.
PHOTOS | Storm tears through Peru
B & K root beer stand, 256 South Broadway, Peru, suffered a lot of damage from the storm.
The owner says his 15-year-old son was one of several employees working at the time of the storm. He says his business is wiped out.
The hot dog restaurant is a seasonal establishment and will most likely be closed until at least next March for repairs. The owner says they may not be able to reopen depending on what the business' insurance company says.
There was major damage to homes is on West Second Street between Chestnut and Forest streets, and Walker says some of these homes may have to be condemned.
"Woman came up to me and said her house is gone. She has no insurance and asked me ‘What do I do?' We have to help her," Walker said.
Maconaquah Park has a lot of damage, including trees down and possible structural damage to a bridge in the park. The golf course that wraps around the park suffered damage as well. Nine holes have downed trees and nine are OK to play on. A golf tournament which was scheduled for this weekend was canceled.
Pence said an Indiana Department of Corrections work crew will help to clean up the parks.
Officials remind people to stay away from down power lines even if they think they're dead.
The National Weather Service will be in Peru for four or five hours Thursday to determine if a tornado caused the damage. The Madison County Emergency Management Agency will have the NWS begin their investigation at the west end of the city near the Kroger and Wendy's, then to home on West Second Street and finally to Maconaquah Park.
4:45 PM UPDATE: Indiana State Police in the Indianapolis district say troopers responded to 126 crashes between 6 p.m. Thursday and Noon on Friday.
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