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March 3, 2012

Official statement from the Indiana Joint Information Center regarding storm damage

HENRYVILLE — This information was released Saturday morning:

State of Indiana Response to Tornado Activity in Southeastern Indiana

DEVELOPING SITUATION

Early reports indicate the heaviest damage is concentrated in southeastern Indiana including substantial damage in Henryville in Clark County, Marysville in Clark County, and Pekin and New Pekin in Washington County.

Communications: Only limited communication issues are being reported at this time.

Power Outages: Widespread power outages have been reported across Southern Indiana

Utilities: Due to many gas leaks, all natural gas services have been turned off in Henryville.

Four shelters in the affected area are open at this time:

Charlestown High School,

1 Pirate Place Charlestown

South Ripley Elemantary School

1568 South Benham Road Versailles

Lide White Boys and Girls Club

1551 M.S.H Northgate Road Madison

American Legion

209 S. Main St. Salem

 

Injuries

While significant numbers of injuries are being reported, there are no reports of local medical facilities being overwhelmed.

There are 13 confirmed fatalities

Jefferson County, 4

Scott County, 3  

Ripley County, 2

Washington County, 4

* Note, Clark County Sheriff’s Department personnel have confirmed one fatality in Henryville

 

Road Closures

I-65 south of mile marker 19 is open but moving very slowly.

U.S. 31 between U.S. 50 and U.S. 104 is only open to emergency personnel. It is closed to the public.

For information on road closures, visit the Indiana Travel Conditions site, which can be found at http://indot.carsprogram.org or by calling (800) 261-ROAD (7623)

STATE RESPONSE

State Emergency Operations Center:

Under the leadership of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the Indiana Emergency Operations Center has increased staffing and will remain activated 24 hours a day to monitor conditions and provide resource support to county emergency agencies in areas affected by this afternoon’s severe storms and tornado activity.

State Agencies supporting activities in the State EOC include:

Indiana Board of Animal Health

Indiana Department of Administration

Indiana Department of Correction

Indiana Department of Environmental Management

Indiana Department of Homeland Security

Indiana Department of Natural Resources — Indiana Conservation Officer

Indiana Department of Transportation

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration

Indiana National Guard

Indiana State Department of Health

Indiana State Police

Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

Integrated Public Safety Commission

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