CELINA, OH — Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) was joined by Celina Police Chief Tom Wale as he visited the City of Celina to see firsthand the damage that was caused by one of nearly a dozen tornadoes that devastated western Ohio over Memorial Day Weekend.
The terrible storms killed one Celina resident, Mr. Melville Hanna, 81. Brown toured the Dayton Water Supply & Treatment Facility with Mayor Nan Whaley yesterday, after visiting a Red Cross shelter for residents displaced by the storm. Brown also toured the damage in Trotwood with Trotwood Mayor Mary McDonald and other local officials.
“Connie and I were devastated by the destruction these tornadoes caused across western Ohio. Our hearts ache for Mr. Hanna’s family, for those who suffered injuries, and for the communities affected by these terrible storms. We are so grateful to the first responders who have worked to protect residents and to help begin the process of recovery,” Brown said. “My office remains at the ready to help with this recovery effort, and is working with local communities and the state to see how our office can assist in the rebuilding process.”
Brown has said he will work with Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) to secure federal assistance if Gov. Mike DeWine decides to seek a national emergency declaration.