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Monroe County declares local disaster emergency after tornado



The Monroe County Board of Commissioners has declared a local disaster emergency following a tornado in the Ellettsville area.

The order directs all Monroe County citizens to comply with emergency measures and directions from officers and to cooperate with public officials and disaster relief services.

All requests for assistance will be forwarded to the Monroe County Emergency Operating Center.

The National Weather Service reported a tornado began spinning at approximately 6:48 p.m in a rural area northeast of Ellettsville. The tornado caused damage to about 30 homes, according to the Bloomington Herald-Times. Mt. Tabor, Cowden and Dittemore roads received significant damage.  

According to Fox 59, officials said it may take one to two weeks for power to be restored to the area.

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