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One Year Ago This Week Severe Weather Pounded The State

Last updated on Monday, June 1, 2009

(UNDATED) - One year ago this week, Indiana endured an eight-day gauntlet of tornadoes, thunderstorms and flooding.

Health officials say the anniversary should remind Hoosiers to double-check their preparedness.

The Marion County Health Department advises keeping an emergency three-day stash of water, nonperishable food, and any prescription medications.

Spokesman John Althardt recommends including an ATM card, your social security card, and any critical documents in your emergency kit as well.

Last year's weather chaos began with a pair of tornadoes that destroyed an Indianapolis apartment complex and damaged 70 homes in Hancock County.

In the ensuing week, seven more tornadoes ripped through a swath of Indiana from Delphi to Greensburg.

The twisters were only a warm-up for record-breaking flooding which killed three people, closed Columbus Regional Hospital, and caused widespread damage and evacuations across central Indiana.

29 counties were declared federal disaster areas.

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