Governor declares state of emergency in Columbiana County

LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) – Governor Kasich has declared a state of emergency for debris removal in Columbiana County.

The emergency declaration enables the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to assist local officials with debris removal and road clearing.

Initial damage assessments by the Columbiana County Emergency Management Agency showed that 20-25 homes sustained damage caused by downed trees. The City of Lisbon and Columbiana County announced local emergency declarations, effective Friday.

Severe storms hit the area Wednesday evening packing 80 to 90 mile per hour winds. Trees and power lines were downed. Large trees damaged several house and some families were displaced.

At the height of the storm 3,000 customers were without power.

A Red Cross shelter was set up at the First United Methodist Church on E. Washington. Four people stayed at the shelter temporarily. It has since shut down.

Crews continue to remove debris from the area.

No severe injuries were reported.

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