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Celina 3 months after November tornadoes

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Peebles, Dunham's Sports, and Ruler Foods are still closed months after the tornadoes and storms, but all are expected to reopen shortly. Peebles, Dunham's Sports, and Ruler Foods are still closed months after the tornadoes and storms, but all are expected to reopen shortly.
Thanks to a state program, the city could see some reimbursement for 50-75% of the cost of fixing those damages. Thanks to a state program, the city could see some reimbursement for 50-75% of the cost of fixing those damages.

Three months ago, two tornadoes tore through Mercer County leaving extensive damage in their wake, even closing some businesses around the area.

Peebles, Dunham's Sports, and Ruler Foods are still closed months after the tornadoes and storms, but all are expected to reopen shortly. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for the Dollar General that sat on Havermann Road, which has yet to be rebuilt.

The storm also caused the city of Celina over $300,000 worth of uninsured damage, particularly to Celina utilities. Some people were without power for more than a day.

"There were areas of Celina that were out for three days," says Mercer County E.M.A. Director Mike Robbins. "Some were only out for several hours. If you were building this system, that's a month's worth of work but they did it in basically three days with working very long hours."

Thanks to a state program, the city could see some reimbursement for 50-75% of the cost of fixing those damages.

"One good thing that has come out, the state of Ohio has a disaster relief program for public entities if there's been a certain threshold of damage," says Robbins.

Robbins said he felt the citizens and officials handled the situation well in the aftermath, with the first search of damaged structures finishing in about a half and hour after the fact. The only problem that sticks out in his mind was the backed up traffic the area was seeing.

"We have talked about how we can make traffic better," says Robbins. "Part of the problem is you just don't have enough help to start with. You're doing search and rescue. Once the request was made and the state patrol came in and helped with traffic control, that did help a lot."
 

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