Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol is requesting that there be no unnecessary travel in the Hamlet of Westerville as crews are working as hard as they can removing all of the debris caused by the recent and devastating tornado. Curious observers and onlookers are attempting get a view of the destruction but at the same time are getting in the way of the debris and tree removal and greatly hindering their work.

The Sheriff’s Office has had designated patrol units assigned to Westerville since the tornado struck keeping unauthorized vehicles out of the area. Deputies are only allowing local residents, first responders, work crews, and volunteers into the affected neighborhoods. The Sheriff will have Deputies remain in Westerville until the local officials are comfortable with opening up the roadways.

Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the many residents that have been affected by this violent tornado.