Tornado of ’85 crushes homes in Hubbard

Tornado 85 Hubbard Damage

Homes were damaged everywhere. But perhaps none more so than Hubbard Township.

The twisters path of destruction through Hubbard Township began at the Warner Road and ripped eastward here through Cornerburg Center, leveling or causing damage to scores homes along the way. It then touched down in Kerman Heights where police say at least 50 houses in the development were hit.

PHOTOS | Tornado of ’85

Safe in their patio and surrounding pines, Rae and Ely Bosdog’s home were spared of natures fury. “I have two aunts that live in Warren and I just want to let them know we’re fine. We’re a little shaken, but our homes are in tact.”

Others here on White Oak Drive weren’t so lucky. Roofs blown off some. Walls caved in on others. Like The Wizard of Oz, this house was spun off its foundation landing some 15 yards away.   Fortunately the family wasn’t home for that ride. Like most of the residents on this and other streets in the area, Joe Trolio spends his time cleaning up. But last night, he and his wife made it into their cellar just in time. “The roof just took off we got in the cellar and we hid behind the steps. By the time we got there, it was over. Like a couple seconds it took. 0 some years, I’ve seen tidal waves, typhoons, nothing like this.”

Early this evening, the national guard was notifying residents of the impending 9PM to 7AM curfew. A move here like other areas to prevent looting. An Ohio State Highway Patrolman told us there had be reports of such incidents here last night. With destruction as far as the eye could see, residents on this section of Hubbard Township were counting their blessings: no serious injuries were reported in Kerman Heights.

“House you can replace, but our lives are more important, thankful to God that we survived.” In all 326 buildings, mostly houses, were damaged or destroyed in Hubbard Township. It took crews 11 days to open all township roads and haul away debris. Like other communities, Hubbard waived fees for building permits for those affected by the storm.

If any good was to come from this, it was the renewed spirit of cooperation between people. Help came from family members, next door neighbors, and even from total strangers. We’ll take a look at that spirit when we come back.

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