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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Storm Damages Homes in Lawrence County Thursday Afternoon

LAWRENCE COUNTY - JUNE 30, 2023 - At least two homes have been damaged following a line of thunderstorms that hit the county on Thursday afternoon. A third mobile home was damaged that was used for storage.

Photo: A tree damaged a home on State Road 158 in Eureka Thursday afternoon

Lawrence County Zephyr has reached out to Valarie Luchuaer, Lawrence County Emergency Management director to find out the extent of damage from the thunderstorms that caused widespread damage across the state.

" We have mostly trees and power lines down, A garage burned in Oolitic, tree on a house in the Crawford addition in Mitchell, and a mobile home used for storage next to the Dollar General Store in Fayetteville. You can report any damage to the Lawrence County Emergency Management office or Lawrence County Sheriff's Department," said Luchuear.

Photo: Power lines caught near by tires on fire, which then spread to a garage in Oolitic, Indiana - Photo credit Paul Fields Oolitic VFD

There are still over 165,000 utility customers still without power in Indiana, with power companies working quickly to get the power back for its customers.

Many in Lawrence County are still without power, at this time there are no reports of injuries with the storms.

The storm is responsible for downing power lines on 6th Street in Oolitic, which caught a garage on fire. The garage and two vehicles inside were completely destroyed in the fire.

In Vigo County, there is widespread damage, and Jasonville, Indiana was another area impacted by the thunderstorms.

A barn fire on Shorts Corner Road near the Martinsburg Road might have been started by a thunderstorm that passed through. Several fire departments in Washington County responded to the fire near New Pekin.

Officials ask residents to be patient as it will take several hours if not days to have things back to normal.


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