Monroe County Storm Update: Damage Reports, Assistance, and Recovery Efforts

Written from press release

MONROE COUNTY, Ind. (June 27, 2024) — Following the severe storm that hit Monroe County on Tuesday, over 100 damage reports have been collected by Indiana 211, according to a news release from the Monroe County Joint Information Center Monroe County, Indiana.

The National Weather Service confirmed that straight-line winds of 65-75 mph caused significant damage to homes and property in Monroe, Owen, Vigo, and Clay counties. All four counties have declared or plan to declare local disasters due to the storm.

No significant injuries have been reported at this time. Residents in the affected counties are encouraged to report damage by calling 211 or visiting IN 211’s website.

Damage Reports

The majority of damage reports involve trees overturned onto homes, with some causing significant damage. A few homes have been reported as uninhabitable. The local Salvation Army shelter, located at 111 N. Rogers St., reported that only two residents utilized the shelter, which will close today. Residents in need of housing assistance should contact Vinal Lee with the Salvation Army at 765-227-6909.

As of 1 p.m. Thursday, approximately 28,000 power outages have been reported across Indiana, with nearly 16,000 of those in Monroe County. Bloomington residents are advised to avoid traveling on High Street until Friday.

Food and Water Distribution

Hoosier Hills Food Bank will conduct a free emergency food distribution from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday at 2333 West Industrial Park Drive. Both perishable and non-perishable goods will be provided, with a limit of two households per vehicle.

Community donations are welcome and can be made by contacting hhfoodbank.org or sending contributions to P.O. Box 697, Bloomington, IN 47402. Residents on SNAP benefits may be eligible to replace lost food by contacting the Monroe County Division of Family Resources at 1531 S. Curry Pike, Suite 300, Bloomington, IN, calling 800-403-0864, or visiting FSSA Benefits.

Bottled water distribution will be held from 3-8 p.m. today at Sherwood Oaks Church, 2700 E. Rogers Road, and from 2-8 p.m. on Friday. Residents can pick up two cases of water per household.

Debris Removal

Property owners with storm-damaged trees and debris should cut and stack the debris near the edge of their property. Monroe County and the City of Bloomington are planning debris removal using city and county departments and potentially private contractors. Only vegetative debris will be removed, and it must not impede traffic on public roadways.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department reports that all downed powerlines have been neutralized, but residents should still avoid contact with any downed lines.

Cooling Stations

Due to sustained heat, cooling centers have been established in Bloomington, Ellettsville, and Unionville to temporarily support those impacted by the storm. A full list of cooling stations can be found here.

Media Inquiries

All media inquiries should be directed to the Monroe County Emergency Management Agency at 812-335-7288. Media coordination is being assisted by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security as personnel evaluate damages. Availability is limited.

For further updates, residents are encouraged to stay tuned to local news outlets and official county communications.

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