Residents cleaning up tornado damage brace for more rain

Homeowners cleaning up from recent tornadoes are bracing for more rain. (WISH Photo)

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — The rain this weekend was preceded by much more severe storms in the middle of the week.

Four tornadoes touched down in central Indiana Wednesday.

One of those caused damage to many homes in Noblesville.

Surveillance video captured the strength of the wind and rain during the E-F 1 tornado.

That storm also hit Dereck Harvey’s home in the Twin Oaks neighborhood.

The aftermath was substantial damage to the side of the home, specifically to his daughter’s room.

“Roofing from the house a couple houses down, the tornado carried it through my daughter’s wall and basically her whole wall was destroyed,” Harvey said.

Rain fell during the hours following the tornado, so Harvey had crews put up tarps right away.

“They patched it up and really helped minimize any water damage that we may have had,” he said.

His neighbor, Jie Yan, also had holes in his roof patched up that afternoon.

It was a rushed effort, since he was surprised by the damage when he got home from work.

“I was in the office, so I drove back to my home and I was shocked; what happened to my house?” he said.

He said the restoration crews told him the tarps covering the roof would hold, but the new round of rain is making him nervous.

“I’m told it’s good for the weather, but if it’s a big rain, I don’t know, I’m not a professional to say, but I hope it will not cause more damage,” he said.

Harvey isn’t worried about the fresh rain.

“I know a lot of rain’s coming, but I think they’ve done a good job patching things up at this point to help at least mitigate most of the damage that may happen,” Harvey said.

He thinks it’ll take at least a few weeks to make permanent repairs.

In the meantime, he’s just glad his family made it through the storm safely.

“All this can be fixed,” Harvey said, “We’re thankful for our health.”

Comprehensive storm damage totals haven’t been calculated yet for that neighborhood, but one of the homeowners estimated at least $10,000 for his house alone.

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