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Montgomery County commissioners declared the county in a state of emergency Tuesday after an overnight outbreak of tornadoes injured several dozen and left widespread damage and “resources overwhelmed.”
The Dayton fire department pulled some people out of damaged buildings. Crews will be performing searches throughout the day, with the goal of achieving a 90-percent confidence rate that the structures have been searched, rendered safe and occupants were evacuated.
Video: Dayton official describes devastation of tornado strike
The emergency declaration will allow the county to ask state authorities for help on the most pressing need: getting drinking water to about 250,000 people following the failure up backup systems in Dayton’s water pumping stations, said Montgomery County Administrator Michael Colbert. Dayton’s system serves about another 130,000 people, he said.