Officials ask for people to stay out of work zones after tornado


NEWBURGH, Ind. (WEHT)- Hundreds of people are working to get the town of Newburgh back up and running after Saturday’s tornado. Power was out for many until Monday afternoon and work is still being done in some places.

Some places there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done. That’s causing officials to ask people to stay out of areas where crews are working. Some streets have been lined with teams working on getting power restored and along with them comes their equipment.

The police department is asking people who want to help to contact someone before showing up in one of the congested areas. But as for people just wanting to look at the damage– they’re asking you to stay home.

“As much as the curiosity may be there, I would ask people to refrain, stay home. Do other things and maybe look to media sources that are trying to get the information out there and allow these workers that are out here to fo their best to get everyone up and going,” Major Jonathan Scully says.

They’re asking for people to follow street signs for areas that might be closed to keep everyone safe. The town is under two states of emergency. One declared earlier this month because of the coronavirus. The other declared Saturday because of this tornado.

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(This story was originally published on March 30, 2020)

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