This Day in Dayton, 29 July

On July 29, 2005, a tornado struck the town of Dayton for the second time in as many years. Julia Yost was quoted in the Journal and Courier as saying she was watching TV when a giant ash tree toppled a telephone pole onto her front porch. The wind toppled trees all over town bringing down power lines and causing the town to be sealed off by emergency workers who allowed no traffic in or out for fifteen hours. Jennifer Clawson was denied entrance to the town when she came home at midnight from her shift at Wesley Manor in Frankfort, even though her children were in town under the care of her mother. She had to drive back to Frankfort to find a place to stay at a friend’s house. People who left Dayton the next morning to get gas for chain saws to clean up found they couldn’t get back home to begin work. As soon as possible, however, neighbors pitched in to help with the clean up.

Susan ClawsonComment