SALEM – Emergency officials have set up shelters for residents displaced by the Aumsville tornado and a command center for emergency responders.
Emergency shelters were opened at the Bethel Baptist Church at 645 Cleveland Street, the Mountain View Wesleyan Church at 111 Main Street, and the Aumsville Community Center at 555 Main Street.
The tornado touched down at the south end of the city in Marion County, traveled northwest and lifted up near Highway 22. Multiple buildings were hit, with the most damage reported near the areas of Main and 6th Streets in Aumsville.
Officials said in addition to damage to homes and businesses, many trees and power lines were down in the area. Gas and power officials were on scene along with crews from Aumsville Public Works.
The incident command center was set up with representatives from Marion County Emergency Management, Aumsville Fire Department, Sublimity Fire Department, Stayton Fire Department, Aumsville Police Department, Stayton Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, and the Crisis Chaplaincy Service on scene.
In addition, volunteers were asked to report to the Bethel Baptist Church, where a public information office was also set up.