My family would like to thank you for your updated information via the internet of the tornado damage. We have relocated to Mundesley, England for the next 10 months from Evansville and were so grateful to have your website and video available to inform us of our town as well as our family and friends from both Vanderburgh and Warrick counties.
Prior to this situation, we routinely awoke to view the previous nightly newscast to keep up-to-date with "home". You do not know how much it means to see the familiar faces of our news team and know the "goings-on" in your community when one is so far away. Your dedication to the community has been a blessing to our family. And we thank you.
Roy, Laura, Kellie and Neil Ackerman
Daniels,Bayh,Weinzapfel,Elsworth,Williams----Where's Hostetler?A disaster in his backyard and he,s nowhere around.What is his problem?Elsworth has got my vote!
We had a family member call us to worn us about the tornado heading into Newburgh Sunday morning. My house faces Castle Jr. High School. I got up and went to the front porch to see what it looked like outside and saw nothing out of the ordinary. I am trying to recall if the power was on when I first went outside and can not remember. I went and got a radio with batteries and tried for about 10 minutes to find a station that was giving any warnings or information. Every station I found had music and nothing else. Are the stations pre-programmed? I just took it as another false alarm and sat outside on the front porch. My wife woke our daughter up and had her in the bathroom in the middle of the house. At one point we heard a fairly loud whistling sound that came and went pretty quick. Shortly after that we started hearing all the sirens and realized then that something serious had happened. A friend called and said his uncles house was hit bad on Pine Drive. My brother and I tried to drive over going behind Castle and when we topped the hill all the telephone poles were snapped in half and pieces from houses laid all over the place. It made me upset that it was that close to my house and I did not take it as serious as I should have because I could not find anywhere to get information that a tornado had actually touched down and was headed my way. I wonder if anyone else had the same situation? Seems there should be a better way to get information to people once the power goes out. Maybe there is and I just do not know it. Someone said 92.5 carries the TV station in emergencies. All I know is that I sure did not find a one giving any information that night until it was too late.
I am completely appalled by the message that I read where the writer was obviously more interested in slinging mud at the residents of Newburgh than offering condolences to the tornado victims.
First and foremost, I would like to offer my deepest sympathies to anyone affected by Sunday morning's tornado-whether they live in Kentucky, Evansville, Newburgh, Boonville, Degonia Springs or Tennyson.
And to the person who wrote the e-mail making generalizations and assumptions about everyone that lives in Newburgh, I ask this...Isn't this a time to pull together and help our neighbors put their lives back together rather than calling them names? Isn't this a time to thank God that more lives were not lost in this terrible storm? Isn't this a time to reach out to the families who did lose loved ones and offer our support? How petty, insensitive and shallow can you be? You should be ashamed of yourself!
I'm not sure what newscasts you were watching because I saw plenty of coverage on the damaged portions of Yankeetown Road (which is in Boonville) and Degonia Springs. And by the way, do some research before you open your mouth next time...the areas affected by the tornado in Newburgh were middle class neighborhoods not the "rich stick in the mud" neighborhoods as you put it. And I'm sure that their residents are real, honest and hard working also. Grow up and get over yourself! There is a time and place for all opinions. Save yours for the appropriate time and place!
I saw a posting on your website from a person that was wondering about Kenosha Hills that has moved from there to Madison, Wisconsin three years ago. Maybe you can post this for them to see.....My mom lives on Chippewa drive and no it did not hit there. She wasn't even aware that there was a tornado until Sunday evening when I sent someone to her house to check on her. I grew up on Chippewa Drive and I too live out of town and was frantic because I could not get a hold of my mom all day because of the phones being out. She didn't have any power from about 1:40 am Sunday morning, so she couldn't listen to the news and was unaware of the devastation all around her. I just thank God that she was OK and my heart and prayers go out to all those that were not so lucky. She has sirens right by her house and with no power and quiet in her house, she did not hear the sirens go off either. She had only been home about 10 minutes before the power went out, so she was awake and still did not hear the sirens. We hear them on Saturdays when they run the tests when we are in town, so why couldn't you hear them in complete silence?
Candace S Nance
Hi..I was reading the entries about Tennyson this morning and just wanted to let everyone know that more than 100 volunteers from GE Plastics reported to Crossroads this morning and were assigned to the Tennyson area. It's a little before 9 a.m. on Wednesday and they are headed up there right now. We hope that helps relieve that situation some. Our thoughts are with the entire communty... -- Kim Derk, GE Plastics Communication
Here are the archives of that group with link to that specific e-mail.
I BCC you because I thought your web site doing great coverage of this crisis, and you might want to use some of my ideas. Where some of them have thought beyond what I stated in my post, I may include in a later re-write follow-up.
I recognize some of my ideas may be a bit dumb, or duplicate other people thoughts, and perhaps I not thought everything through clearly, but my suggestions for you:
I live at Indian Woods apartments at the Pollack avenue end. I keep hearing everyone saying they did not hear the sirens Sunday morning. I did hear the sirens sounding twice right before the tornado touched down on our end of town. Approximately, 10 minutes and 5 minutes before it hit.
I agree with the reports that they are mainly for people outdoors in a storm. When you are inside it is very difficult to hear them.
This e-mail is coming from San Jose, California. My wife’s brother and his family live in Newburgh. We got a phone call Sunday from her parents that her brother’s house on Owens Drive had suffered some minor damage in the tornado, but that the house next door was demolished! We still can’t get in touch with them, so I searched the Internet to see what we could find out. Of all the Evansville TV station websites I found, yours is far and away the best source for information.
Thanks to my Comcast high-speed internet connection, we’ve been able to view your channel’s updates through the video player. It comes in remarkably clear. We especially were grateful for, on the Sunday update, the map that showed the path of the tornado. I paused it, and put it up next to a Mapquest of Owens Drive, and we could see that it indeed passed right over their neighborhood.
We’ve since seen what look like cell camera pictures taken by a family friend that were sent to our nephew at Michigan State, taken off his myspace site. We can see that the tornado took out the houses next to them and behind them, and must have skirted their house diagonally. How blessed we are, of course, that they are all okay, but also that we have access to the technology that allows us to know what’s going on.
Your station has done a fabulous job of covering this story, and we are so grateful for your commitment to webcast it. My mother-in-law tells us that WFIE is the station that they watch for news when they are out there visiting, and it’s easy for us to see why they do so. Thank you ever so much, and keep up the good work! May our Lord richly bless your station and your staff for your hard work and commitment to the community!!
Stefan A.D. Bucek
I spent 10 years of my life living in the area that was most affected by Sundays storms. In the winter of 1999 I moved from my River Bluff Drive home in Newburgh to Indianapolis. Since my move all I could think about is how much better the quality of life was in the Newburgh/Evansville area, and my plan is to return there soon to live.
The trailer park that was most impacted by the storm is also the area that I used to ride my bike through before it was populated with the trailers. It was my private sanctuary on occasion to sit by the small lake and ponder my problems or just to daydream and watch the planes fly high above. It was also the place where I could drive my truck, park and just sit back and watch the snow falling to the ground, the view at night in this area was breath taking during or after a fresh snow. How odd that a place that gave me so much peace will now be a place associated with so much death and destruction.
I moved to Evansville in 1984 and lived in the area until late 1999, I plan to return because of my love of the community and the people. There is no other place on earth like the Tri-State, stay strong! My prayers are with you.
My heart goes out to all who have suffered as a result of this horrible storm. My best thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
My wife and I were born and raised in E-ville. We have family there and are glad to hear our immediate family is ok but unsure about anyone else. We grew up when tornadoes were a common thing and became somewhat accustomed to that fact. We have been living here in Florida for the past ten years and I must say the same thing has happened, only with hurricanes. Sadly you’re a victim if you die from a tornado but a fool if you die from a hurricane. All 21 lives could have been saved by a better warning system. The least we can do is own a NOAA weather radio. I challenge the city of Evansville and surrounding communities: That each home has a weather radio. If you can afford one great, if you can afford two, even better, donate one. Evansville loves telethons. How about raising money to provide one for every home? Can’t pick up a signal? Have the weather service provide more towers! Is your family worth a $49 radio? I would imagine so. So why haven’t you bought one??
Greetings, My name is Rob Golden. I know what the tornado victims are going through. My home was destroyed on September 20th, 2002 by a tornado that ripped through Poseyville. I still live here in the same location in a new home. My heart goes out to everyone who lost their loved ones and homes. I have several photos of the damage from the 2002 tornado. Let me know if you need any of them.
Christina (Johnston) Fletcher
I have been watching and listening to all the news reports of the tornado on Sunday and it is very disconcerning as all the reports make it sound like the thing went away after distroying De
Geonia Springs, when in actuality it didn't dissipate until after hitting approx 5 homes and a park in Tennyson. There has not been the least bit of information on this peoples lives that were change by this massive storm. Why is that?
Please Tell the man who found Grover Fishers pay stub that his house gone but his family are all OK .His
neighbor was not that lucky..He lives on yakeetown rd in Boonville.His neighbor has lost his 18yr old daughter and is fighting for his own life at St. Marys.
Please pray for him!
I was born and raised in Evansville, my husband and I graduated from Harrison High. I lived on the south-east side and most of my family are still there in Evansville. We are in the Fort Campbell area, but are able to watch the coverage online. It's still a shock every time I see it.
My husband (who is in Iraq) and I wish our hometown a speedy recovery, and offer our condolences to those who have lost their loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
SGT Alan Orender & Jennifer Orender
I am a student at Ball State University, and Evansville is my home. I didn't hear about the devistation in my hometown until someone came up to me at a lunchin on Sunday and asked my if I'd heard from my family. I was really c, onfused, and then shocked at what I was told. I knew that this kind of devistation and loss of life happened, but it always happened in Pakistan, Thailand, or even recently, the golf coast. But it wasn't supposed to happen. I have friends in Evansville who lived near the tornados path, friends whom my parents haven't yet heard from. I know people who live it the trailer park that is now a disaster area. Until these things happen to you, these things don't seem real. And I wish I could be in Evansville right now, playing the small part I could, bu, t right now, all I can do is pray. Rachel
812) 422-6132 (home)
I was born and raised in Vanderburg and WarrickCounties. I now live in New Hampshire. I am heartbroken over the devastation that has occurred there. Ihave just found that my immediate family members areall OK.
I don't know about my many extended familymembers. My prayers go out to the missing and deceasedloved ones. This is a tragedy. I wish I was there tohelp as I am a cardiac nurse. I recently joined ourown red cross to aide in disasters that we recently had of our own with flooding. I wish I were there.
Take care Indiana and God Bless.
I am with you in spirit.
Lisa RN BSN
I recently relocated from Evansville, Indiana to Lexington, KY and Monday morning I received a phone call from my daughter Jamie who lives in
Elberfeld that a tornado had come through Evansville. I immediately
started calling my other family members to see if they were okay and was thankful that everyone was fine. Many times I have drove by the trailer park that was devastated by the tornado and I can't believe the damage throughout Evansville and Newburgh. My sister, Joey O'Neal who serves on the Ohio Valley Search and Rescue team was called out about 3:00AM to search in the trailer park. When I called her on her cell phone she was in the midst of the trailer park searching for those who needed to be rescued. She found several children who were wondering about. Joey and her faithful companion, Chloe, a female Golden Retriever have worked very hard to help those in need. It's not easy to be on the OVSAR team, it' a lot of hard work, training in the freezing col, d and heat index that have reached well over 100.0. I am very p, roud of my sister. We owe a great deal to the OVSAR for their dedication and to volunteer their
time as they do. They receive no pay, or grand awards. Many would not
receive the help they need if it were not for their dedication. I will continue to pray for those who have been touched by this tragedy.
I am a student at the University of Notre Dame, but I am proud to say that my home is in Newburgh. This morning, an unhappy phone call from my mother informed me of the terrible disaster that befell
Southern Indiana and the tri-st, ate area late in the evening the night before. As I write this, my only thought is how deeply I wish to be back home in my corner of Indiana to help with the rescue and clean-up efforts. Several of my best friends here on campus are from Newburgh, and our conversation has hardly swayed from the devastation affecting our hometown.
As far as I can tell, the response of the communities has been tremendous. Specifically, Castle High School has become an aid cen, ter for those affected by the storm, and Newburgh UMC has been providing meals for hungry victims. I don't doubt that these are only a few of the organizations that have stepped in to help. From six hours away, I must tell you that my heart beats with pride to hear of the compassion of our community. Friends and families driving, and often walking where road debris is prevalent, to the homes of friends more affected to help in any way possible: this kindness and genuine care shown by people of the Tri-State amazes me. However, this same kindness fails to surprise me.
The hearts, minds, and prayers of those of us away for school are with our community. God bless the rescue personnel, clean-up crews, and compassionate volunteers who take the needs of others on their shoulders. The Tri-State needs, expects, and will always be provided with nothing less.
I recently moved from Newburgh to Indianapolis and have been watching the coverage of the tornado. It brings tears to my eyes knowing the lives that have been lost. Everyone affected by this disaster is in my thoughts and prayers. I am still unable to hear from my friends. If anyone knows specific neighborhoods in Newburgh affected by the tornado please share. God Bless Debra
It is amazing to me how far that this debris has travled. I live just east of Celestine, Indiana, near Patoka Lake Upon waking up this morning I stepped out the front door to see a piece of asphault from a roof. I walked out to the garage and saw insulation and vinyl siding. I assumed that the debris had come from nearby, but according to reciepts and other documents that I've found with the debris, most of it has come from Newburgh and Boonville. Newburgh is over an hour's drive from here. Debris is scattered randomly across the fields and hil, lsides nearby. The storm deposited a box of 1hr photos on my brothers doorstep. They were addressed to a home in Newburgh. I am just curiuos as to how much father this debris could have travled.
I just wanted to let you know that there has been extensive damage on Yankeetown Road. I know an incredibly large amount of damage has been done in Newburgh and at Eastbrook Mobile Home Estate, and this is what everyone is seeing covered in the media on every channel. It is important that the community knows there is a tragic amount of damage that occured on Yankeetown Road as well. Not nearly as many homes, however, this is where one of the Warrick County deaths were reported from. Homes have been leveled. Trees twisted apart and thrown atop houses, to include along Pelzer road.
Please keep these people in your thoughts and prayers as well.
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