Xenia bouncing back after two deadly tornadoes

XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) –  Wednesday evening Moore Oklahoma was hit by another tornado.  It’s the third tornado to hit the heart of the town in the past 16 years

That hits home for the folks in Xenia, a city battered by several major storms including two deadly tornadoes.

Catherine Wilson was a child during the 1974 Xenia tornado. She remembers how much her life changed after the deadly twister.

Catherine Wilson, Executive Director Greene Co Historical Society, “It was devastating in more ways than one because we had to move to Beavercreek to live with my aunt and finish out the school year there. It was just weird.”

Now the executive director of the Greene Co Historical Society she works to make sure the story of that day lives on.

“A lot of people think that Xenia was torn apart by the tornado in some ways physically it was not in here where it counts,” says Wilson.

The heart of the town was torn apart again in 2000 this time by an EF4 tornado. Sheriff Gene Fischer was a Xenia police officer at the time and was shocked to see the town hit again.

Sheriff Gene Fischer, Greene County says, “I couldn’t believe the devastation even though I saw it in 89 not as bad. The entire region responded to the aide of Xenia Dayton police department came here.”

The city of Xenia has been hit by two large tornadoes and a few smaller ones just outside of town. Residents here have learned to take shelter the moment any warning is issued.

During a Xenia school board meeting in 2011 business quickly ended and everyone took shelter immediately when a warning was issued.

“I guess you can say we’re in a tornado zone. You have to plan ahead,” says Fischer.

Planning and taking all warnings seriously makes this community bounce back from any storm.

“We did a lot of hard work to get where we are so we’re going to come back and be even stronger,” says Wilson.

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