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People in Attica clean up aftermath of severe storm

People in Attica are recovering from a severe thunderstorm that left most of the area damaged.

Posted: Oct 12, 2021 3:47 PM
Updated: Oct 13, 2021 9:16 AM

FOUNTAIN COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—It was a cloudy Tuesday afternoon in Attica but people were still out and about cleaning up the aftermath of a severe thunderstorm that swept through the area Monday night.

"There's still remnants but for the most part it doesn't resemble an office in any way," said Attica Jr/Sr High School Principal Karalyn Skinner. "This is definitely the worst that we've ever experienced here," said Skinner.

An office was ruined by a storm that tried to take everything with it as it passed. Winds up to 64 miles per hour, trees uprooted and some snapped in half. The storm left behind many damaged buildings such as Attica's Junior-Senior High School.

"We have a lot of the facia that has come off of the building," said Skinner. "The high winds took the facia and put slits in the roof therefore we have some damage to the roof."

Principal Karalyn Skinner said water in her office was about ankle-high, her carpet is ruined leaving a bare floor. She said they are still assessing the damage and determining costs.

"The silver lining is we are just so grateful that the students were not in school," said Skinner. "We did not have to cancel any school and move to e-learning or anything like that because we are on Fall break so yes we are counting our blessings there."

Just down the road was a different story. Case Oltman is in the process of removing a tree that fell on his house.

"I was pretty much sitting inside playing games with my brother and the power went out and I realized it was pretty serious so we went and hid in the kitchen," said Oltman.

Oltman said just as they took cover in the kitchen, the nearly 80 foot tall tree in his backyard snapped and fell on his home.

"It shook the whole earth, I mean it shook the whole ground I felt it coming down there wasn't much we could do," said Oltman. "It's a monster tree, I don't know, it's huge but yea, we are very lucky."

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