John P. Cleary | The Herald Bulletin Most of the trees in Falls Park were either damaged or destroyed by Monday's tornado.

PENDLETON — For a brief time, there was some uncertainty if the annual June Jamboree would take place in the wake of a tornado that touched down in Pendleton on Memorial Day.

"The June Jamboree will go on," said Todd Harmeson, public information officer for the Madison County Emergency Management Agency. "That is big news. The town folks need that."

Harmeson said the amusement company providing the games and rides for the annual carnival hosted by the Pendleton Lions Club will bring its own generators to supply power to the event that kicks off at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

No local resources will be diverted from the tornado recovery efforts, he said.

“They are bringing other power sources in and extra portable restrooms for attendees,” Harmeson said. “They are doing a lot of things to make the festival happen so the town folks can still have their celebration.”

The National Weather Service Indianapolis determined on Tuesday that tornado damage started west of Pendleton around 8:05 p.m. on Memorial Day. An EF-1 tornado, with winds of 86 to 110 mph, moved through the north side of Pendleton toward Huntsville blowing down trees and creating minor roof damage, according to the agency.

Most of the damage along this part of the tornado’s path was caused primarily from the falling trees.

Recent rains that had saturated the ground are believed to have contributed to the numerous trees that were uprooted, according to the agency.

EF-2 tornado damage was located northeast of Huntsville where three homes were heavily damaged including two with their roofs blown off, according to NWS. A third home was damaged by an exterior brick wall which collapsed inward onto the home. An EF-2 rating has winds reaching 111 to 135 mph.

NWS officials determined that the tornado continued northeast, crossing Interstate 69 before it lifted near 57th and Main streets in Anderson.

Henry County Emergency Management Director Ron Huffman said the tornado continued into Henry County.

“The National Weather Service is telling us it was an EF-1,” Huffman said. “It dropped on the ground up around Mechanicsburg Road and County Road 750 North, in that general area.”

He said there was damage to trees, a home and some barn roofs. No injuries were reported.

“That’s pretty much been the extent of our damage,” Huffman said. “There were a small number of power outages, but that was all recovered fairly quickly. It was south of town and it actually landed out in a field and pretty much stayed in no man’s land, which was a blessing for us.”

He said the damage was limited mostly due to the fact it hit a lightly populated area.

Pendleton sustained the most damage from the tornado as it cut across central Indiana, but volunteers, businesses and emergency workers assisted to quickly restore power, clean up downed trees and provide services to the community.

Harmeson said the June Jamboree will be in Pendleton’s Falls Park. The carnival runs June 4-8.

“We are excited the June Jamboree is going to happen,” Harmeson said. “The town needs it to come together and kind of celebrate that we survived.”

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The following is a list of some of the response agencies that assisted Pendleton and Huntsville areas following the tornado on Monday night and early Tuesday.

Adams Markleville Fire Protection Territory

Alexandria Fire Department

AMR Ambulance

Anderson Fire Department

Anderson Police Department

Cadiz Fire Department - Henry County

Chesterfield Police Department

Chesterfield Union Twp. Fire Department

Department of Natural Resources - Law Enforcement Division

Edgewood Fire Department

Fishers Fire Department - Hamilton County

Fortville Fire Department - Hancock County

Gaston Fire Department - Delaware County

Hamilton County Emergency Management

Howard County Emergency Management

Indiana State Police

Integrated Public Safety Commission

Indiana Department of Correction

Indiana Department of Transportation

Indiana Department of Homeland Security

Indianapolis Fire Department

Ingalls Fire Department

Ingalls Police Department

Lafayette Township Fire Department

Lapel Fire Fire Department

Lapel Police Department

Madison County Emergency Management

Markleville Police Department

McCordsville Fire Department - Hancock County

Middletown Fire Department - Henry County

Noblesville Fire Department - Hamilton county

Pendleton Fire Department

Pendleton Police Department

Pipe Creek Fire Department

Richland Fire Department

Rush County Emergency Management

Salem Township Fire Department - Delaware County

Seals Private Ambulance Service

Shirley Fire Department - Hancock County

Tipton County Fire Departments

Tipton Fire Department - Tipton County

Wayne Township Fire Department - Hamilton County

Yorktown Fire Department - Delaware County

Source: Madison County Emergency Management Agency

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