Debris left by the Nov. 17 tornado is removed from the bell tower of St. Barbara's Catholic Church, Cloverdale. The church's parish center was left standing and was the site of a community meeting on Tuesday. (Putnam Sentinel/Anne Coburn-Griffis)
CLOVERDALE - A Nov. 19 community meeting was held at 3 p.m., Monday, in St. Barbara's Parish Center. The purpose of the event was to provide recovery information to village residents impacted by the Nov. 17 F2 tornado which left the town without power, water and, in the case of many, without safe or even standing homes.
Sixteen individuals representing energy and social services were invited and introduced to residents and media by an emotional Cloverdale Mayor Jud Spencer.
"I want to thank everyone. So much. It's overwhelming," said Spencer.
AEP provided meals, and Lowe's Improvement Store of Defiance donated five-gallon buckets and bottled water to those in attendance.Spencer instructed that all donations of supplies, including cleaning products, should be delivered to the parish center as the village continues to recover and rebuild.
Contributing agencies and the information they shared included:
Putnam County Thrift Store, Ottawa: Clothing, housewares, linens and starter boxes of food are available.
Putnam County Commissioners Office: During a Tuesday conference call, Ohio Governor John Kasich offered assurance that state assistance is forthcoming.
American Red Cross of Putnam County: Food, shelter, bedding, clothing and counseling are available at shelter at the temporary Red Cross shelter located at Oak Haven Residential Center, located at 152 Main St., Cloverdale.
Job and Family Services: Forms that must be completed to replace food stamps lost in the storm were made available at the parish. Assistance is available for families, with children under the age of 18, who lost their homes.
Ottawa Food Pantry: Food supplies are available as the organization serves the majority of Putnam County.
Putnam County Salvation Army: As a very small unit of the SA, limited funds are available by contacting their office at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ottawa.
United Way of Putnam County: Director Jeanne Beutler is available to assist with donation and volunteer management.
Putnam County Health Department: Anyone suffering from puncture or open wounds, the organization is available to advise tetanus vaccinations.
Red Cross Health Services and Disaster Management: The organization is on hand to advise and assess individuals regarding the traumatic stress that follows natural disaster.
Pathways Counseling Center: The comprehensive agency is available to help individuals, including children, deal with immediate and delayed reactions to stress.
Putnam County Office of Public Safety: Requested that individuals step forward with needs resulting from the storm. The office may be able to locate and obtain grant monies to assist. Steve Odenweller, director of the Putnam County Office of Public Safety, also made residents aware that tax reductions are available for real estate losses. Contact the Putnam County Auditors Office for information.
AEP: According to Jason Rhoades, district manager for AEP Western , electrical power will be systematically restored to Cloverdale by 10 p.m., at least to those locations that are safe to receive electricity. Seventy front line AEP employees are in the village and surrounding area to make this possible.
"One of our primary concerns is a generator being installed improperly and back-feeding into our system," said Randy Payne, AEP Ohio's community affairs manager.