Reynoldsburg News

Falling tree limbs caused most power outages in Reynoldsburg


Falling tree limbs caused the most damage in Reynoldsburg from the strong thunderstorms that hit overnight June 13.

Suzanne Priore, from AEP Ohio, said at 5:30 p.m. June 13 the southeast and southwest quadrants of the city were hit the hardest.

“About 1,200 people in Reynoldsburg lost power, mostly due to tree limbs that fell in the Lancaster Avenue area,” she said.

Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department Director Joe Brown agreed that the storm brought down plenty of tree limbs. In addition, he said, an 80-foot cottonwood tree crashed down on Spangler Field on East Livingston Avenue.

He said the tree fell on the baseball backstop fence and an adjacent water fountain.

“There were various other tree issues throughout the parks, but the Spangler Park tree snapping created extensive damage to our baseball field, making the field unusable until we are able to repair or replace the backstop,” he said.

Tree limbs also downed power lines.

About 19,000 lost electric power in Franklin County shortly after the storms hit, bringing 50 mph wind gusts that damaged trees and downed power lines. That number was down to 693 customers without power by 5:30 p.m. June 13, Priore said.

Service Director Nathan Burd said power lines were down on the Columbus side of East Broad Street at Waggoner Road after the storm hit between 1:30 and 3 a.m.

“Columbus crews were out and Broad Street was closed for awhile, but open by about 7 a.m.,” he said.

Burd said city street department personnel responded very early to reports of large tree branches on roadways.

“We had a couple of street department crew members out at about 3 a.m. to remove limbs that had blown onto streets and sidewalks,” he said. “We were happy the storm was not quite as bad as predicted, at least here in Reynoldsburg.”

Burd said his department works closely with the Reynoldsburg Police Department when storms hit.

“We have good coordination with the police officers as they travel around the city, so they were able to report any damages,” he said.

The only other structure damage reported was roof damage to a car wash at Brice Road and East Main Street.