Two weeks after tornado hits Henryville cleanup crews make tremendous progress


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on March 16, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 16 at 10:34 PM

HENRYVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Two weeks since that EF-4 tornado hit Henryville, tremendous progress is being made in terms of cleanup. It's still far from what it looked like before but the cleanup is moving fast.

Already 100 tons of debris has been hauled off to the Clark County Landfill.

More than 5,000 volunteers have been here in Henryville since the tornado hit. They have been bundling up debris and sorting it and moving it out at record speed. 

On the ground Friday, residents and volunteers are sweeping and sorting away the bad memories of the March 2 tornado.

"It’s been truly amazing," Don Watson the Hazards Incident Manager said.

Don Watson who is in charge of on the ground cleanup, is amazed that in two weeks time, you can see the progress. 

"In just a few hours it went from debris scattered all over the place to cleaned down to the foundation and everything was neatly piled up by the road. That was pretty amazing was how fast they were able to get through it," Watson said.

Street after street, we saw pile after pile of separated debris. To date, 100 tons of this stuff has been hauled away. And it’s all ending up here at the Clark County Landfill.  It's separated into green debris, construction debris and appliances.

Organizers say they cannot pick up the debris on private property so that's why it looks as if it's almost in the streets.

"Bring all their debris out by the roadside and either county or state dump trucks or tractor trailers will come down through the roads and pick the debris up,” Watson said.

If you would like to help call 502-599-8593 or click here to find out how you can help through Metro United way.

Visit our Kentuckiana Tornado section for the latest photos, stories, news and info on how you can help after Friday's storms.