Tornado hits eldercare facility in Conneautville

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This tornado is being categorized as an EF-2 with winds of up to 115 miles per hour.

It was a hectic day for first responders and residents in Crawford County as they dealt with the aftermath of the tornado that made landfall on Tuesday. The tornado leaving heavy damage in the Conneautville area. 

“16 years I’ve been an employee at Rolling Fields, I have never seen something like this. But, I think everyone is doing great for getting our elders out safe,” said Amber Daire, employee at Rolling Fields Eldercare Facility. Rolling Fields got hit directly by the tornado. 

“And took out one of our villas and took a roof off of one of our hallways,” said Daire. The tornado also caused a gas line rupture in the building, leaving more than 160 rolling fields resident without water or power.

“161 residents can not go without all that stuff, it’s just not feasible,” said Kevin Chiocco with the Conneautville Fellows Club Fire Department. Chiocco, along with other first responders from around Crawford County spent the day helping the residents relocate.

“At that point, our ground guys over there started getting transportation… Ambulance services, local fire departments, school bus districts to start patients out of rolling fields down to us,” said Chiocco. Throughout Crawford County, there were uprooted and broken trees, no other severe structure damage has been reported yet. 

If you would like more on what the evacuation process was like for residents and first responders, click the story below.

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