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Cleanup after Adams Co. tornado

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ADAMS COUNTY (WKOW) -- Cleanup is underway after a tornado touched down about three miles west of Arkdale in Adams County.

The Department of Natural Resources flew over the area today to get a good look at the extent of the damage.

Early estimates show there is more than $1,438,000 of damage to homes and $882,000 to businesses in the Towns of Strongs Prairie and Preston.

The tornado destroyed seven houses and did major damage to 40.

It also damaged six businesses in the area.

Residents say they heard the tornado when it approached last night.

"It was literally just like a freight train," Ray Porth said.

Now the neighborhood is filled with another noise: chainsaws.

People are working to clear their yards.

"I literally could not believe it looking out the window," Porth said. "It doesn't look recognizable to me."

The tornado uprooted trees and took down power lines.

Neighbors say a nearby boat yard was full of boats. Now, there are hardly any.

In fact, Porth said a piece of the marina actually flew off and tore into his house.

The tornado also damaged a garage next door, reducing it to a pile of bricks.

"We have had reported damage from the west side of Adams County all the way to the east," said Adams County Sheriff Sam Wollin.

Wollin says no one was hurt.

However, about 1,000 people still didn't have power this afternoon.

"We're working with the electric company to determine which lines are live and which are de-energized," Wollin said.

People are managing with what they have.

"No power but we have bottled water, food and we have really good neighbors that came up the road asking if we needed something," Peg Connelly said.

"We are fortunate," Porth said. "I can only pray everyone else is too."

Neighbors say after this fall, they're getting right back up and coming together as a community.

The Sheriff's Department still has some areas secured for safety reasons.

People from those areas can go to the Adams County Community Center and get a wristband to access those blocked off roads. They have until 9 p.m. to do that.

The Red Cross is set up at Pineland School with water and food. Dinner is available from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday, and they will have breakfast on Tuesday from 8-10 a.m.

Adams County Emergency Management has more information at this website:

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