Storm Recovery Continues Over Holiday Weekend

Greensburg Residents Determined To Bounce Back

Many Indiana homeowners impacted by last week's tornadoes were still in the recovery mode during the Memorial Day Weekend.

When most Hoosiers held picnics or went on vacation, dozens of Decatur County residents spent Sunday cleaning up and repairing their damaged homes, 6News' Rick Hightower reported.

The American Flag whipped in the breeze Sunday afternoon in front of a home in a Greensburg subdivision where a tornado tore apart several homes on Wednesday.

Many residents in the neighborhood welcomed members of the Salvation Army who handed out about 300 chicken dinners in the town on Sunday.

"With electric being off for three days, a lot of people needed food to replenish their freezers and refrigerators," said Billie Kay, a spokesperson for the Salvation Army.

Kay said residents affected by the storms were also given Wal-Mart gift cards to help purchase clothing items.

Sunday evening Church services were moved outside and became a picnic for members of Apostolic Truth Tabernacle, whose church building was damaged by the storm.

"We had church this morning but had to relocate to another facility because of the damage to our church. We came out here tonight to just have a Memorial Day picnic for members of our church," Minister Jeff Sangl said.

Sangl said people who weren't members of the church stopped by to help them clean up the property.

Decatur County Emergency Management officials said they've responded to about 2,300 homes so far.

Officials said it's important that residents who have damage contact officials so that they can receive Federal assistance if a disaster is declared.

"We've checked (the houses) out and done the assessment on them but there's still more to go. We've asked for other groups to send in some people to help us," Hugh Miller, Co-Director of the Decatur County EMA said.

While the holiday weekend gave residents a bit of a reprieve from the focus of the storms, they realized there's still much that needs to be done.

"We're just going to try and put it behind us; forget it for a couple of days, then we'll go back to the work at hand," Sangl said.

Decatur County residents who have downed tree limbs can drop them off at the county fairgrounds.