PENDLETON, Ind. (WISH) — The town of Pendleton is making progress after a tornado ripped through the small town last week. The state of emergency is expected to end Tuesday night.
To assist with the recovery from the tornado that struck Pendleton, town management has set up a non-emergency tornado recovery hotline for residents promising that your call will be returned within 48 hours as well as a lost and found at the town hall for items that you may have randomly located during the storm.
Next week town officials are set to meet with a group called “Indiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.” The purpose of this is to help the town with disaster recovery where needed and town officials say they’ve been told that they can expect a one-year process to get everything in Pendleton, back to normal.
The town power infrastructure has been restored after Pendleton ran without power for days after the tornado hit. Although the power has mostly been restored, it will be weeks before street lights will be back online.
Days after this small town got hit with the tornado, tree debris and limb pickup continues every day and the town encourages people to bring limbs to the curb in order to make it easier for crews to pick up.
The tornado caused extensive damage to Falls Park as well leaving the playground, trails in North 40, the YMCA and conservation building still closed. Although parts of the town are still shut down, the good news is the dog park, museum, pool, golf course and sports complex are back open.
The town’s planning department is handing out building permit requirements with information that will be delivered by hand to homes that are in obvious need of assistance. Free roofing permits will be given to those who qualify until July 1, 2019.
For anyone in need of food throughout the recovery, the Pendleton Community Library has non-perishable items available to those in need. For those looking to donate to help assist with the recovery of Pendleton, any personal hygiene items and basic food items can be brought to the Pendleton library.
Volunteers are still needed for assistance; the South Madison Community Foundation can be contacted at (765) 778-8444, for volunteer opportunities.
U.S. Senator Todd Young will be in town Friday while a member of his staff will hold mobile office hours at the American Legion from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The senator will participate in an emergency roundtable with local officials and tour areas impacted by the storm.