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Clean-up continues for community hit by tornado

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The sound of debris being ground up filled the air on Tuesday in Owendale.

It's been two days since a devastating EF-1 tornado ripped through the rural community in Huron County.

"We'll rebuild," Larry Pless said.

Pless was inspecting damage to a 110-year-old historic church.

"I bought it a few years ago after I retired so it would give me something to work on, and use it as a vacation home," Pless said.

The church was right in the path of the twister when it barreled through town.

A historic window was ripped from the century-old church, all that’s left in its place is a gaping hole, now covered by sheet metal.

At nearby Kuhl Construction, a trailer is on top of the building after being thrown through the air during the height of the storm. The rest of the building is a mangled mess.

Power could be out throughout the area for days to come, said Emergency Services Director Randy Miller.

"They're getting their wires back up, and a lot of the debris is getting removed. That's happening all over the rest of the county too," Miller said.

Pless is just glad the damage wasn't any worse. He's salvaging what he can.

"I think I'll be cleaned up in a couple days. The setback is really minimal. I'll be glad to get power back on," Pless said.

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