Delaware weathers storm better than most
Delaware escaped the worst of last weekend's severe storms that uprooted trees and knocked out power to thousands in central Ohio.
Delaware Fire Chief John Donahue said the storm and the 80-mph winds that came with it June 29 caused relatively little damage in the city.
"Our community has done better than the majority of central Ohio," he said. "Our residents have power except possibly for some isolated areas. All roadways and critical infrastructure are operating at 100 percent capabilities."
According to AEP's website, about a half-million customers were affected by the storm. As of Friday, July 6, fewer than 1 percent of Delaware County residents remained without power.
Delaware did not make it through the storm completely unscathed.
Two traffic signals, one at Hills-Miller Road and U.S. Route 23 and the other at West William and Washington streets, were damaged; the former was replaced and the latter was repaired.
Numerous trees fell on cars throughout the city, Donahue said, adding a corridor between Central Avenue and William Street had the highest number of downed trees.
An accident on West Central at Hillside involved wires down and required AEP to shut down the lines prior to removing people who were injured. The victims were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, Donahue said.
An airplane at the Delaware Municipal Airport blew over, and a large shelter was blown into an electric pole at Robinson's Flower Shop, 60 Lake St., Donahue said.
He said large areas of the city were without primary electric services after the storm, including the hospital, city facilities and sewer plants.
The storm was more destructive in other central Ohio cities. In Marysville, the historic Fiesta Grande building, constructed in 1884, had to be demolished after winds caused a load-bearing wall to collapse.
In Dublin, a wind-damaged roof at Sells Middle School allowed water to pour onto the gym floor, which will have to be replaced, district leaders said.