Tornado leaves trail of damage through Goshen

Published: Jul. 7, 2022 at 7:55 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 7, 2022 at 10:57 AM EDT
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GOSHEN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WXIX) - Cleanup efforts are underway in Goshen Township after a tornado swept through Wednesday afternoon, leaving behind a trail of damage.

The tornado touched down around 2:30 p.m. as part of a large storm front that swept across the Tri-State.

There is “extensive damage” to hundreds of homes, according to township administrator Stephen Pegram. The majority of the damage is from trees falling on or going through homes and roofs being blown off.

Some structures, according to Pegram, are “totally demolished.”

According to Pegram, he said 150 to 200 homes and buildings have been damaged. The hardest hit being the police station, fire station and schools.

“We’re lucky. We’re very blessed. It could have been a lot worse,” he said. ‘Give prayers for the community and time to allow everyone to their job.”

One homeowner told FOX19 NOW he opened his door and saw the tornado. The winds then threw him inside, knocking him out. He said he and his family are OK but the home was destroyed.

FOX19 NOW’s Drew Amman said there was extensive damage to the Allstate building on Dick Flynn Boulevard.

Duke Energy is working to restore power.

Pegram said with over 100 power poles down and needing to be replaced it will be days before all power is restored.

“People who do not have power right now should be making alternate plans,” he said.

>> VIDEO: Aerial footage shows aftermath of Goshen tornado

The Red Cross and the National Weather Service will conduct full assessments Thursday.

Matthew 25: Ministries’ Disaster Response Team will be in Goshen Thursday to deliver personal care and first aid supplies to residents in need.

There are two confirmed injuries at this time, a firefighter injured by a chainsaw and a civilian injured by debris. The injuries are minor.

NOTE: The Red Cross has set up a shelter at Goshen High School, 6707 Goshen Road. Food, water and shelter are being provided. Pets are welcome; they will be kept in a separate area.

Clermont County Emergency Management Agency asks that you use this number 513-735-8500 for non-emergency unmet needs, or wanting to donate items.

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