ROSEVILLE — The Federal Emergency Management Agency Region V officials visited Roseville to asses the damage done by an F1 tornado that occurred more than a week ago in Perry County.
There are still homes that need repairs and the residents of Roseville who suffered damages are urged to document any damages on their property.
FEMA Region V serves the states of Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois as well as 34 federally recognized tribes in Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. The regional office provides training, funding, and advice for areas that suffer from environmental disasters.
Several homes and buildings are still in a state of repair after the F1 tornado tore through the Village of Roseville. The tornado occurred on May 28 during the middle of the night and was powerful enough for the Village to declare a state of emergency.
Approximately half of Roseville is located in Perry County while the remainder of the Village is in Muskingum County. The Perry County border runs along Perry Street in Roseville.
The Muskingum County and Perry County Emergency Management agencies reported that over 100 homes and businesses suffered damage. Those numbers could change after FEMA does its assessment. Some individuals had to leave their homes due to falling tree damage left on some of the homes.
The Region V of FEMA met with the local emergency agencies to overview the damages and walk through the Village to record homes that still need repairs as well as any additional damages that were not reported. Three representatives from FEMA met the local emergency officials at the Roseville Village Hall on Thursday morning.
Roseville is split between Muskingum County and Perry County, which is why representatives from both counties were in Roseville to meet with FEMA.
A day after the tornado hit Roseville, engineers from Muskingum and Perry came into the Village to clean up the debris. Trees and power lines fell covering roads making it difficult for the emergency agencies to assess the full extent of the damage caused. Both Perry and Muskingum EMAs came in the next day and drove on every street of the Village.
Most homes and buildings suffered roof damage from falling trees. One individual in town had to pay $10,000 to remove a tree that fell on his house.
FEMA is providing aid to those affected by allowing individuals to apply for grants. This way people can repair their homes without having to repay anything. The agency works with and for the uninsured and underinsured.
The American Red Cross opened a shelter at the Roseville Community Center. However, only two residents took advantage of the shelter. Other residents either chose to stay with family or stay temporarily at hotels while the county engineers cleaned up the debris left from the storm. Some residents are still not back in their homes.
The Perry and Muskingum EMAs provided a list of damages that they have recorded and gave it to FEMA officials.
People have also volunteered to help out the relief efforts in Roseville. Volunteers staying at the Rolling Plains Methodist Church plan to help cleanup areas in Roseville that still have downed tree limbs and other debris on the roads.
The Roseville Police Chief had a tree blocking his driveway that prevented his police cruiser from exiting his driveway. A building on the corner of East First Street and Potters Lane had the garage doors blown in and damage to the roof. That building is where the police cruisers are kept and no damages were done to the vehicles.
Businesses were left without power for several days. The Ross-Frash Funeral Home in Roseville was without power and had a scheduled service the day after the tornado hit the Village. The service was rescheduled at a different funeral home in another town.
The water and sewer systems in the Village were unaffected by the tornado. The treatment plant is located on the north end of town.
The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services from both counties reissued food stamps for certain individuals who lost power for more than four hours.
There are no injuries or deaths reported as a result of the F1 tornado.
FEMA will look at the damages reported by both county emergency agencies and will also record any other damage that was not reported.
Residents that suffered damages are urged to report them as soon as possible.
“We want to do everything we can,” FEMA External Affairs Darrell Habisch said.
Altogether there were 48 homes in the Roseville area that suffered some sort of damage from the tornado — two homes were destroyed; nine had minor damage; three suffered major damage; and 34 others were affected by the storm.