OH assesses damage

Ohio emergency management officials are assessing damages after this week's severe storms.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | June 24, 2006


Ohio emergency management officials are assessing damages after this week's severe storms.

Thousands of people were still without power earlier this week but most power was restored by Saturday morning. The storms brought heavy rain and 110-mph wind gusts to wide portions of the state.

Hundreds of residents were out removing flood-damaged possessions on Saturday.

Northern Ohio got some of the heaviest rain and most pronounced flood damage. Flash flooding in Toledo, Norwalk and Port Clinton forced evacuations. Shelters were opened in local churches and schools in the most affected areas. Most shelters housed between two and 14 people overnight.

In Toledo, 350 homes were affected by flooding. Nine had major damage, according to reports from Ohio emergency management. Another 400 homes were affected in Norwalk and Sandusky, with 10 sustaining major damage.

In Erie County, there are 50 homes with basement flooding near Perkins Township. Forty homes have first floor flooding. County reports indicate most damage is insured.

The National Weather Service reported three possible tornado touchdowns, one each in Allen, Mercer and Holmes counties. Two homes were destroyed in Holmes County. High straight-line winds downed trees and power lines all over the state.

Faith-based groups were in contact with clergy and other local partners to assess unmet needs.


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