Tornado of ’85 leaves Newton Falls in ruins

Tornado '85 Newton Falls damage

The tornado tore through the business district in Newton Falls.

Volunteers and property owners joined the clean up effort in Newton Falls to clear away trees and debris dropped by the tornado.  When the twister cut its 27 mile path of destruction through Trumbull County, downtown Newton Falls was left with a 3/4 mile reminder that the tornado had been there.  60 ODOT trucks helped haul away the debris.  National guardsmen stood watch with local lawmen while business people secured their firm.

PHOTOS | Tornado of ’85

Those who still had shops said they will reopen.

“I hope so.  I’ve been here going on 41 years.  I think we can do.  As long as we’re alright and we’re still alive.”

A Saw Hill gas station and a drug store now longer exist.  Insurance agencies use portable generators to process claims.

“Right now we just have walk-in customers because there are no phone facilities available.”

Around Newton Falls, lines were down, leaving the town without power.  Vehicles were damaged.  The high school’s gym was ripped off.  Along the tornado’s path, the picture was the same.  In nearby Lordstown Township, the Conrad’s and Colin’s were sifting through the debris looking for what used to be there’s.  They’re counting themselves lucky because the twister roared in with little or no introduction.

“It sounded like a freight train or something coming for the house.  I was so scared.  I don’t even know what I heard.”

“We started going down in the basement cause we were watching it.  I saw part of the motorhome go.  I came out of my basement window and saw my parent’s home was gone.”

Now that the tornado is gone, the people are putting their lives back together.  Forgetting what the tornado did won’t be easily forgotten.

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