Much of German Village remained without power July 2 after a violent storm swept through the region June 29.
The German Village Society board of trustees opened the Meeting Haus over the weekend to let people cool off and take advantage of the electricity.
“Everyone was grateful to be able to charge up their phones and computers and such,” trustee Chris Hune said.
Trees were toppled and badly damaged throughout the community, including several in Schiller Park.
“It’s very sad,” Hune said.
Numerous businesses and restaurants still were closed as of July 2. Gas, ice and other necessities were scarce because nearby grocery stores were closed, village resident Jerry Glick said.
Schmidt’s Sausage Haus und Restaurant lost electricity but regained it a few hours later.
“We had 150 people waiting around the building to get in,” owner Geoff Schmidt said. “Schmidt’s was very fortunate over the weekend.”
The storm also hampered some entertainment.
Performances of Merchant of Venice, which opened June 28 in Schiller Park, were canceled on Friday and Sunday.
The final scene of Saturday’s show was moved inside the recreation center because of bad weather, said John S. Kuhn, artistic director of Actors’ Theatre of Columbus, which is presenting the play.
Dan Williamson, spokesman for Mayor Michael Coleman, said the city is working with Rumpke, the city’s waste hauler, on accelerating yard-waste pickup.