F4 Tornado Hits District One

On Saturday, June 5, 2010, at 2305 hours, the Bowling Green Dispatch Center started receiving reports of possible tornado activity near Rossford and Perrysburg in Wood County.

Troopers from the Bowling Green Post were dispatched to the area of SR795, west of IS280. Upon arrival, troopers reported an area of mass destruction along the northern side of SR795. The Lake Township Police Department and administrative building as well as Lake High School and Middle School were destroyed.

Numerous vehicles were stopped along the roadway with damage and the roadway was covered in debris and almost impassable. One driver suffered fatal injuries as a result of debris landing on the vehicle.

A second fatal victim was attempting to get to a tornado shelter at the Lake Township Police Department but was unable to reach the building before the tornado struck.

Bowling Green troopers immediately started to render assistance to the injured and to clean a lane on SR795 for emergency vehicles to travel. Troopers from the Toledo, Findlay and Defiance posts responded to assist with traffic control and to search the area for those injured or trapped within residences.

As additional troopers arrived to the area, they learned the tornado also hit the Village of Millbury resulting in an additional four fatal victims and countless injuries. A total of 26 residential homes were completely destroyed, 27 homes were classified as having sustained major damage and 15 homes were classified as having substantial damage.

SR795 had to be completed closed for a seven-mile stretch due to debris and damage from the tornado, power lines crossing the roadway, and lack of power to traffic signals.

An Emergency Operations Center was set-up at Nagle Trucking Company, located just north of the Lake Township Police Department. District One staff responded and handled operations at the EOC throughout June 6, 2010.

During that day, troopers from District One continued to assist those injured, provide traffic control in and around the Village of Millbury, and maintain the closure of SR795. Troopers assisted Lake Township Police Department by handling crashes and calls for service in the township, as seven of their 14 patrol vehicles had been completely destroyed.

OSHP aviation arrived at the scene around 1030 hours and the path of the tornado and the devastation it left behind was finally fully discovered. The tornado traveled 10 miles from the Village of Moline, Wood County, through Lake Township, into the Village of Millbury and crossed into Erie County destroying 10 homes there.

On the evening of June 6, troopers helped enforce a curfew in the area. For the remainder of the week, District One troopers continued to provide the assistance and manpower to the area. The National Weather Service classified the tornado as an EF-4.

Troopers and dispatchers in District One handled this disaster in an extremely cooperative, productive and efficient manner providing the affected citizens in the area the needed support, information and security that is expected from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Photos of tornado damage.

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