Holton Marks Two Years Since EF3 Tornado
By Mike Perleberg
(Holton, Ind.) – Sunday marked the two-year anniversary since a deadly tornado touched down in Ripley County.
It was the afternoon of March 2, 2012 when the EF-3 twister tore a path of destruction straight through the heart of the Town of Holton.
Two people died immediately in the storm: lifelong Holton resident Ronald Pickett and Mexican national Armando Hernandez. A third victim, Ted Tolbert, passed away in January 2013. He had suffered a broken neck in the storm and never fully recovered.
While some signs of the tornado’s scar can still be seen in the town, there has been much progress in rebuilding. The Holton Long Term Recovery Group has been working over the past two years to help residents restore their homes.
State Representative Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) hosted those volunteers at the Indiana Statehouse on January 27. They were honored with a standing ovation from lawmakers in the House, who passed a resolution recognizing their efforts.
“(Holton residents) will never forget this devastating tornado, but they will also never forget all of the support they received in its aftermath,” Frye said at the time.
USE THE PLAYER BELOW TO HEAR 911 CALLS MADE TO RIPLEY COUNTY EMERGENCY DISPATCH FOLLOWING THE MARCH 2, 2012 TORNADO IN HOLTON, INDIANA.
The Hope for Holton Tornado Relief group rebuilt or repaired nine tornado-damaged homes in the town. That group is led by Darin Kroger, of Lawrenceburg, and assisted by various churches in the area.
Since the tornado, the town has received public donations totaling more than $288,000.
Ripley County dodged a major disaster last week when an EF 1 tornado touched down in a rural area in nearby Osgood. No injuries were associated with that twister. Only a home and a couple barns were damaged.