Tornado Recovery

tornado damaged house
Karen Bledsoe / WYSO

The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) is hiring a Disaster Recovery Manager with funds from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The organization was awarded a $720,000 grant from the federal department’s Economic Development Administration. The Dayton Foundation also provided a local match of $180,000.

The Red Cross Northern Miami Valley Chapter
The Red Cross Northern Miami Valley Chapter / WYSO

More than two weeks after the Memorial Day tornadoes, the Red Cross is meeting individually with displaced people to assess their needs.

Officials say the goal is to make the recovery process less overwhelming for affected families.

Volunteers use chainsaws to remove trees downed by the 2019 Memorial Day tornado.
Karen Bledsoe / WYSO

Over the weekend, thousands of volunteers helped clean-up Dayton neighborhoods damaged by Memorial Day’s tornado outbreak.

Roadways once closed due to storm debris reopened in much of the city over the weekend. Power has been restored to all but about 2,000 residents.  Hundreds remain without gas service.

Dozens of buildings are no longer habitable, including at least two apartment complexes. Some affected residents are staying with friends or family members. About 130 people have moved into emergency shelters.