West Chester sent help north to neighbors in need after early summer storms tore through portions of Ohio.
Tornadoes touched down overnight May 27-28, 2019, in and around the City of Dayton. Storm damage was widespread, ripping through the homes, businesses and communities in its path across the urban, suburban and rural areas of the southwest corner of the state.
A confirmed EF3 tornado, with winds of up to 140 mph, was on the ground in Beavercreek Township for an estimated 40 minutes. Beavercreek Township Administrator Alex Zaharieff estimates that 30 percent of the township was impacted, or about 14 square miles.
Beavercreek Township is located about 35 miles north of West Chester Township in Greene County.
In the days after the storm, West Chester joined numerous municipalities and organizations in providing assistance to the Dayton and Beavercreek communities. West Chester Community Services lent two trucks and two public works staff to aid with recovery efforts hauling fallen tree debris from homes to a central collection area.
More than 1,500 truckloads of tree debris had been removed from township properties by mid-June. Storm clean-up efforts continue in Beavercreek Township a month after the Memorial Day weekend.
On June 18, Ohio Governor Mike Dewine announced that a Presidential Disaster Declaration for federal assistance was granted for people in 10 counties impacted by tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, and landslides.