Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 2, 2014

Rebuilding slow in storm-tossed city

Kokomo Tribune

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials in a southwestern Indiana city struck by a November tornado are worried that a neighborhood hard-hit by the storm could up as a blighted area now that rebuilding efforts appear to have stalled.

Daviess County Emergency Management Agency Director Paul Goss says he’s disheartened by the slow recovery from the Nov. 17 tornado that hit western Daviess County and the county seat of Washington.

Goss tells the Washington Times-Herald he’s uncertain if storm repairs along the Sycamore Street corridor have stalled because of the punishing winter weather, insurance issues or the local economy.

Washington Mayor Joe Wellman says some of the homes damaged by the tornado in his city about 50 miles northeast of Evansville weren’t insured and others appear to have been vacant before the storm.