Pence Plans Storm Damage Site Tour
November 17, 2013 — Indiana Governor Mike Pence plans to see for himself how today’s storms affected communities across the state.
Pence told The Associated Press he plans to visit the hardest-hit communities of Kokomo, Lafayette and Washington tomorrow. Those communities sustained significant property damage, and several injuries were reported in Kokomo.
The stormy weather that left damage in Indiana left five casualties in Illinois today.
In Chicago, the National Football League game at Memorial Stadium, where the Chicago Bears hosted the Baltimore Ravens, sustained a two-hour weather delay due to stormy conditions.
In the Region, storms blew down power lines, tree limbs, and damaged structures such as the building, shown, at Youche Country Club in Crown Point.
Pence says it’s too soon to say whether the state will seek disaster assistance.
The governor praised the work of emergency responders, community leaders and residents who heeded warnings throughout the fast-moving storms.
Pence says he’s grateful no one died in Indiana and that his heart goes out to storm victims in Illinois. However, at least three Hoosiers are reported injured from today’s severe thunderstorms.
City Development Specialist David Tharp says Kokomo experienced multiple minor injuries there.
Grant County Emergency Management Director Bruce Bender says one person was injured when two or three mobile homes rolled over at the Summit Village Trailer Park. Bender says four homes have been damaged, including two extensively between Marion and the town of Sweetser.
Lakeshore Public Media changed its annual holiday gift auction dates, suspending today’s start to the on-air fundraising gift auction while the community’s focus remains on larger public safety issues and power outages in the greater Chicago area. The auction is set to start tomorrow for the three-night event during prime time on Lakeshore Public Television.