2010-06-03 / Local & State

Northwestern Pa. Residents Recall Deadly Tornadoes

ALBION, Pa. (AP) – Residents of northwestern Pennsylvania are remembering a series of powerful tornadoes that cut through the region 25 years ago, killing dozens.

The twisters that touched down May 31, 1985, also injured hundreds, destroyed buildings and scarred portions of eastern Ohio and the Erie region of Pennsylvania.

The scars are still visible in Albion, where a hill at the borough park was built from the ashes of leveled buildings and unclaimed belongings.

Bonda Dahlin is a retired educator who served as Albion’s mayor in 1985. She says residents worked hard to rebuild the community and make it whole again.

The town of 1,500 now has a monument dedicated to the victims of the tornadoes and to the volunteers who aided the survivors.

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