2 KOKOMO (Ind.) MORNING TIMES Tuesday, April 13, 1965
Maple Crest residents sift
debris for lost belongings
Dazed and bewildered Maple Crest area residents
sifted through the debris of their demolished homes seeking
valuables and mementoes which may have escaped damage
from the tornado which wrought havoc to Kokomo's south
side Sunday night.
The area was the hardest hit within the city limits,
with apartment buildings, homes, service stations, stores
flattened or damaged to a degree they will never be rebuilt.
Maple Crest apartments were very badly damaged
when the top floor blew off and into the adjoining areas
with clothing and furniture scattered about.
The Church of the Brethren looked as if it had been
crushed by a giant hand with the only thing left standing
being the steeple.
Center Township Consolidated School at Maple Crest
was gutted with the roof blown off, windows broken and
furniture and equipment soaked by the rain which came after
Steel light poles six inches in diamater at the base lay
twisted like pretzels. Trees, some six feet in diameter,
were snapped off, pulled up by the roots and splintered or
twisted around as if toothpicks.
The roar of chain saws could be heard throughout the
area as workers began what seemed like an endless task
of cleaning up.
No further casualties had been found by mid-morning
Monday, but according to rescue workers at the scene,
they had not really had time yet to dig into the demolished
buildings to find any undiscovered injured.
front windows were blown out
and a 20-foot diameter hole gaped in the roof. Many had been
pinned under the debris of the roof when it fell in Sunday
Many service stations in the area had only two walls
standing with the remainder scattered across adjoining lots
and in the drives.
Some unaware of storm here
The holocast that struck Kokomo last night abruptly
stopped at Boulevard; residents living north of that major
east-west street knew that there had been a strong wind
but were unaware of the tragedy