Lisbon residents enter week 2 of storm cleanup

LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) — It has been more than a week since a downburst knocked down hundreds of trees around Lisbon.

WKBN reporter Matt Horn went back to Columbiana County on Thursday to talk to people who are still cleaning up and what the village is doing to prepare for the possibility of more severe weather.

Across the village, the sound of chainsaws can be heard nearly everywhere there is damage.

John Speece grew up in Lisbon. Now he is helping out those who experienced major damage.

“A lot of people I seen crying on the sidewalk when it first happened,” Speece said.

So, he and a couple of friends knew they had to help out.

“We are just basically coming to help out, to get the brush out and help people get their yards back and do what we can. There is a lot we can’t do, but for the most part, help them as much as we can,” Speece said.

The Ohio Department of Transportation also is helping with the cleanup since Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared a state of emergency.

And with the chance of more severe weather this summer, city leaders want people in town to be prepared.

“Can’t stress enough to be prepared, have a weather radio,” said Columbiana County EMA Director Luke Newbold.

But in the meantime, the cleanup continues.

One house was a complete loss, five had major damage, 20 had minor damage, and an additional 71 were affected in one way or another.

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