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Hope residents were cleaning up yard debris, cutting up trees and starting to repair their damaged homes Friday after a sudden summer storm tore through the town.
Dozens of homes and businesses were damaged during the storm late Wednesday. No one was injured, but more than 400 people were left without power.
All of Duke Energy’s customers had power restored by 5 p.m. Thursday, said Chip Orben, district manager for Duke Energy Indiana.
Hope Police Chief Randy Bailey said the town has no street closures or areas blocked off.
Hope residents needing assistance with cleanup from Thursday’s storm can contact the Community Center of Hope at 546-4499.
The center is coordinating efforts for area residents in need through its partnerships with various organizations and county departments.
The Community Center of Hope is a United Way member agency.
“We’re getting back to normal as can be,” Bailey said.
A majority of the town’s homes sustained a small amount of damage and are habitable, said Dennis Moats, the Bartholomew County emergency management director.
He said the county Emergency Management Agency does not assign dollar amounts to damaged property but labels properties as being “affected,” which could be minor or major damage.
“We tend to look at the big picture without assigning cost to it,” Moats said.
Most of the damaged homes in Hope were affected by the storm, but even minor damage could still mean the homes need several thousands of dollars in repairs.
Moats said emergency management officials did not find any homes with major damage.
He said some commercial buildings sustained some major damage, but emergency management officials classify those buildings differently.
“Businesses tend to move real quick,” Moats said. “They have to do what they’ve got to do because it’s their livelihood.”
Bailey said he anticipates cleaning up will take weeks.
Moats said the recovery time partially will depend on how long it takes some of the larger trees to get cut up and removed.
“Hope is a resilient community,” Moats said. “I think everybody is probably pitching in and helping each other. It’s going to take a community effort.”
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