Trees, branches, and power lines were littered all over Trumbull and Mercer Counties following the strong storm that blew through the area Wednesday. Cleanup proved to be a tall task for those that saw the worst of it.
Elmer Granger has lived in his Hermitage home for close to 30 years. He said in that time, he’s had wind damage more than once, and Wednesday’s storms packed a powerful punch leaving debris strewn in his yard and driveway.
“It’s like I’ve got a sign out front “Do it Here.” I’ll have to clean it up before I can get out the driveway and down the street,” said Granger.
Utility crews worked outside Granger’s home in the Buhl Park area to restore power to thousands of customers, with no prediction of when it would be back on. Just across the street, roads are closed to traffic until further notice.
“We want the roads clear and everything away from the roads as much as possible, as well as any trees that might be over the roads that haven’t actually fallen yet or are in branches and may come down,” said Buhl Park assistant manager Debbie Fait.
Pedestrians are still allowed in the park, but officials caution them to be aware. It could be several days before they completely clear the nearly 300-acre property.
Across the state line in Trumbull County, Brian Eucker looked on as a large tree was cleared from his Hartford front yard.
The tree fell next door onto the Hartford Volunteer Fire Department, knocking out electricity as it ripped lines off the building. Overall, everyone is thankful that no one got hurt in this year’s first major storm.
“We’re lucky it fell where it did. It could’ve got the house or could’ve laid across the road and God forbid, somebody run into it,” said Eucker.