Sunday, April 11, 1999

Pinpointing the damage in the Tristate

        The Tornado of '99 flattened as many as 200 homes and several businesses. The swath of destruction started in southeastern Indiana, smashed into Addyston and leveled homes in Montgomery, Blue Ash and Deerfield Township before dying out over Clinton County. The storm claimed four lives and injured nearly 50. Here is a closer look at some of the hardest-hit neighborhoods:

Montgomery & Harper's Point
        • Damage: At least $14 million in structural damage. An estimated 23 homes were destroyed and 68 were damaged. In Symmes Township, 200 families were displaced.

        • Injuries/deaths: Three people were killed in Montgomery and at least six were injured in Symmes Township.

        • About the neighborhood: Many of the roughly 9,700 residents in Montgomery live and shop in the Montgomery Wood and Harper's Point neighborhoods. A dozen homes in Pemmican Run subdivision near Harper's Point sustained major damage — from missing roofs to collapsed second floors.

Blue Ash
        • Damage: One home and two condos destroyed and dozens of residences damaged in Fallsington Grant. About seven businesses destroyed and several others damaged on Millington Court in the Blue Ash Industrial Park. At least eight homes damaged in Kendridge and Hickory Point. Trees and telephone poles toppled citywide. $2 million in Fallsington Grant; estimate not yet released for other areas.

        • Injuries: One fatality on Interstate 71 near Fallsington Grant.

        • About the neighborhood: Fallsington Grant, which has 75 upscale condos and 22 single-family homes, won Blue Ash's beautification award last year. Hickory Point and Kendridge are wooded neighborhoods of single-family homes. Millington Court is in the sprawling Blue Ash Industrial Park.

Deerfield Twp. (Warren County)
        Damage: About 60 homes were affected, five were deemed losses and 20 others suffered significant damage. The hardest-hit neighborhood was the Loveland Park subdivision between Davis and Fields Ertel roads. The storm cut a path of destruction 200 yards wide in some places.

        Injuries: Two people were hurt but did not require hospitalization.

        About the neighborhood: Loveland Park is near the busy Fields Ertel and Mason-Montgomery Road corridor, just west of the Little Miami River. It's a quiet, modest collection of single-family homes surrounded by tall trees, many of which were knocked down during the storm.

        • Damage: One home destroyed; six others damaged. Police said about 90 percent of the clean-up — mostly downed wires and trees — was completed Saturday.

        • Injuries: One minor injury, treated at the scene.

        • About the neighborhood: About 1,100 residents live in this riverside village in southwestern Hamilton County.

Dearborn & Ripley (Ind.) counties
        • Damage: Three houses, four mobile homes, 12 barns and several buildings were destroyed. Dozens of others were damaged.

        • Injuries: Three people were injured.

        • About the neighborhood: Ripley and Dearborn counties hold a mix of small communities and farmland. Life is busier these days in Dearborn, thanks to the arrival of a riverboat casino in Lawrenceburg.


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