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Businesses continue storm damage cleanup with fundraiser

MILLERSBURG, Ohio – Severe storms with straight-line winds uprooted trees, smashed cars and knocked out power to more than 150,000 people last week.

At the time, radar estimated those straight-line winds ranged from 70 to over 90 mph, with damage spreading across Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas counties.

PICTURES: Strong winds toppled trees in overnight storms

A spokesperson for AEP Ohio told News 5, for example, that 13,200 customers were without power in the Wooster area as of 9 a.m. on June 14. Over the next week, crews worked to repair the lines, and on June 20, power restoration was complete in Wooster.

At Skyview Ranch Christian Camp, power was restored to the camp, in part, earlier this week after hundreds of their trees fell during the storm.

“We’ve had trees run over cars, through the roofs of some of our homes, just a lot of shingles and siding throughout camp,” executive director Jonathan Casbohm said.

Casbohm described to News 5 how his team worked to keep the camp open for the summer, when it was only closed for a few days last week.

“Our driveway alone, we had 50 to 100 trees [toppled]”, he explained. “Just to be able to get out of camp, we had a lot to clean up.”

Casbohm said there was still a lot of work to do, especially on the damaged roofs of several buildings and the removal of other overturned trees.

Just down the road is Tonn’s Honey, which lost its warehouse roof in the storm.

News 5 documented how the volunteers helped rebuild the roof the very next day. However, inside the warehouse and retail store, extensive restoration work continues.

“It’s been pretty hectic,” owner Phillip Beachy said. “There was water dripping through the ceiling, there was water on the floor here and everything had to be removed.”

Beachy said it’s still unclear when the retail store will reopen, but the online store is accepting orders and he hopes to resume bulk production of his honey next week.

“It’s like putting all the puzzles of a puzzle together and we’re getting there,” he added.

What started as a mountain of trouble after the storm for many still exists today, but as many have explained, perhaps the view ahead seems less daunting with a little help.

“Without friends, it would be too big a project for me,” Beachy said. “Make all the friends you can because you never know when you might need help and don’t give up. Do not abandon.

“It was really a community effort, and it’s always about cleaning up the place,” Casbohm said.


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