Nichole Hannahs

Residents Clean-Up from Wednesday Storm

by Nichole Hannahs on April 21, 2011 at 9:44 am

Residents in the Duncan Falls and Philo area spent Wednesday cleaning up debris and calling insurance companies as they suffer the effects of severe weather.

Around 3 a.m. Wednesday morning residents of Duncan Falls and Philo woke up to the sound of high winds and rain.

"You could hear the wind really whistling around like a freight train," said Philo Resident Jim Pauley. "I looked out the window and it looked like a sheet of white when I looked out the window."

Other residents report experiencing a similar sound. At the home of Pauley a neighbor’s car port cover landed in his yard.

"I knew something hit. I thought it hit the back of the house, but it was in the tree thank goodness," explained Pauley.

Christal Swingle looked on as her brother tried to cover a gapping hole in the roof of his home.

"It was really tough to see it. We did grow up here and it’s now my brother’s home. He called me and told me the porch collapsed but when I got here and saw it was emotional."

Stain glass windows were knocked out of a church and a car was buried with branches as branches also became part of a rooftop. At Philo’s Athletic Complex there wasn’t much left of the soccer field’s bleachers. School officials said they were tossed nearly 300ft from where they once stood.

"The bleachers are just kind of shredded," said Assistant Superintendent Bob Walden. "I mean the metal twisted and just kind of tore apart."

The softball and baseball fields backstops were also torn down prompting officials to say it may not be possible to play anymore home games this season. A fire to a transformer also scorched the outside of Philo Jr. High.

"We’ll do most of the clean up ourselves," said Walden. "Then we’ll just have to get some new bleachers and get some things fixed."

While getting power restored and clean up will take some time no one was injured in this storm and residents said their thankful.

"You know it’s pretty scary," said Pauley. "I’m just thankful that I still have a house."

"I know other places in the country have had worse devastation," added Swingle. "I’m just thankful that people are okay."

The Muskingum County EMA said that everyone evacuated from a gas leak earlier in the day was able to return home and they ask that you avoid the area unless you need to be there.

The National Weather Service will be in the area Wednesday afternoon to survey the storm damage.