Whitehall chiefly skirted the heavy damage and power outages dealt to much of central Ohio by a powerful rush-hour storm Friday, June 29.
“We seem to have fared better than many other communities,” Whitehall service director Ray Ogden said.
Ogden said a moderate number of trees and limbs fell.
Whitehall Community Park did not have power until late yesterday (July 1). Most residents’ electricity is back up, though.
Service department crews worked Friday evening to clear branches and tree limbs in the streets, Ogden said.
A large tree that fell across Maplewood Avenue, just south of Doney Street, caught electrical wires, requiring AEP to respond to remove it, Ogden said.
Whitehall police closed the road to local traffic until AEP and a contractor removed the tree and restored power Sunday evening, July 1, Ogden said.
City workers remained in cleanup mode Monday, July 2.
“We are aggressively removing brush from the street rights of way as quickly as we can,” Ogden said.
The city’s chipper and a dump truck also are roving the city to collect debris from the storm.
The city encourages residents to clean up debris on private property as soon as possible and place it between the sidewalks and curb for pickup.
The senior citizens facility at Etna and Country Club roads was open as a shelter all weekend but no longer is being used as a shelter.
The Whitehall Library is available for those want to get relief from the heat.
Residents may call the service department at 614-237-8612 for further information.