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Donnelly Statement On Anniversary Of Southern Indiana Tornadoes


Location: Washington, DC

Today Senator Joe Donnelly released a statement marking one year since Hoosiers faced a severe storm impacting several Southern Indiana communities.

"One year ago today, we faced an incredible tragedy," said Donnelly. "Fourteen Hoosiers were killed in the storm. Hundreds of homes, businesses, and schools were damaged or destroyed. The damage I witnessed with my friend, Sheriff Danny Rodden in Clark County, can only be described as heartbreaking.

"In the face of such incredible tragedy, the true character and spirit of a community is revealed. The first responders, National Guardsmen, and volunteers who came forward in Indiana's moment of need represent the best among us. Stephanie Decker, who sacrificed her legs as she saved her children from the storm, showed the courage that every parent hopes they can muster in the face of a threat to their child.

"The recovery of Southern Indiana, in towns like Henryville and New Pekin, Maryville and Borden, is a challenge to us all to be our brother's keeper. The people and communities impacted by this terrible storm will remain in my thoughts and prayers as they continue to rebuild."

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