April 20, 2014

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EC alternative spring break: Teens help couple clean up tornado damage


Taylor Sieniawski and Ryan Lutke are among a group of 60 Elyria Catholic High School students who are spending their spring break providing disaster relief to Henryville, Indiana.

You can read more of their experience here.

Taylor Sieniawski
Taylor Sieniawski
Ryan Lutke
Ryan Lutke


Today was our first day of work.

We were up early this morning and were busy by 9 a.m. working for a guy named David.

He had a lot of land that was damaged by the tornado that came through town, and trees had fallen all over his yard.

We were using chainsaws, axes, rakes and wheelbarrows to help him out and clean up his yard.

We put all the cut up wood into piles. We burned the excess but the good wood we put in piles for him to keep.

Later after lunch, which we had at 1, David and his wife, Dean, came out side to talk to us.

He showed us a picture he had taken of his property and what it looked like before the tornado. Dean took us into their home, and we asked her questions about the tornado.

She told us that her and david were just outside doing yard work and she heard the phone ringing, and her daughter told her that there was a tornado coming. They stood and watched the tornado for about eight minutes, then finally went inside.

She told us that the pressure was so bad she was not able to hear, so she had no idea what was happening and went outside and saw all the destruction.

She said the tornado was a half a mile wide and had been traveling for about 50 miles and felt like freight trains were traveling through the yard. It lasted for 30 seconds.

It took David’s workshop and demolished it along with two brand new sheds and their garage and their cars.

— Taylor and Ryan