Trimble, Carroll: Damage but only minor injuries
Donations sought to help rebuild firehouse
Monday, March 05, 2012 10:00 AM
Ten trailers on Joyce Mill Road in Trimble County, Ky., were destroyed by the tornado Friday, and two people there received minor injuries, Milton Fire Chief Jason Long said.
A sign outside the Milton Fire & Rescue station tells residents that the station will be rebuilt. (Milton Fire & Rescue photo)
His volunteer fire department's firehouse in Milton and much of its equipment were destroyed, and so was the fish fry trailer, which is what was used to raise half of the department's money.
In Carroll County, damage to homes could reach a few hundred thousand dollars, Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson said.
There were no fatalities in either county.
A state of emergency has been declared in both counties, which will make them eligible for state and federal assistance.
"We had very significant damage, but we were very fortunate to dodge fatalities or life-threatening injuries," Trimble County Judge-Executive Randy Stevens said.
The Milton firehouse was destroyed when a tornado seemed to drop down right on top of it, Long said.
A volunteer firefighter was in the building when the tornado hit. He took cover in the bathroom, which was pretty much all that was left standing.
"The upstairs is gone," Long said. "The bay area, extra gear, radios and miscellaneous equipment were all destroyed," Long said. "The fire truck was severely damaged, and the fish fry trailer, which we get 50 percent of our funding from, is all gone."
Long said the insurance company was coming today to assess the damage. The department will receive the monetary value of the things lost, but Long said that losing the fish fry trailer would have the biggest effect on the department.
Long said Milton Fire and Rescue will rebuild at the same location. Donations are being accepted at http://www.miltonfireandrescue.org/donate.html.
"It's not often we call for help, but sometimes heroes need heroes too, I guess," Long said.
Trimble County Schools had let out by 2 p.m. Friday, and Stevens said storm cells were hitting as empty school buses were pulling back to the bus garage after dropping children off.
"I compliment the school administration for foreseeing the need to let the children out early and getting them home. If they had waited another hour, things could have ended much worse," Stevens said.
Stevens is also thanking all the entities that have come together to help.
"Everyone has worked so well together to help this community through this troubled time," Stevens said.
"The community has come together and we will overcome this. We have survived and we will persevere."