After Tornado, Indiana Town Focuses on Recovery and Restoring Power

BY Saskia de Melker  March 9, 2012 at 4:37 PM EST

On Thursday, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels requested federal aid for six southern Indiana counties hard hit by last week’s tornadoes. Thirteen people died and hundreds of homes and businesses were severely damaged or destroyed in the area’s worst tornado outbreak in 40 years.

The town of Henryville, Ind. — 20 miles north of Louisville — was especially hard hit after winds estimated at 175-miles-an-hour devastated the area last Friday.

In the tornado-affected areas of Clark County, crews from Indiana Rural Electric Cooperatives have been working 17-hour days to restore electricity, and power has been restored to nearly all of the county’s 8,000 customers.

Reporter Diane Willis of WFYI Indianapolis has been on the ground covering the power restoration and cleanup efforts.