Worthington News

Storm topples trees, closes streets


Several large trees were toppled by a blowing thunderstorm early Monday evening, July 7, closing several streets in Old Worthington.

A series of storm cells came through central Ohio Monday afternoon, with the most severe storm blowing through in the early evening.

The largest tree to fall and hit a house was on West Stafford Avenue. The street was closed until about 1 p.m. Tuesday, said Bill Watterson, director of the Worthington Department of Service and Engineering.

A large tree also fell in the 600 block of Hartford Street, but the street did not close because the tree did not fall into the roadway.

Short Street was closed for a short time because of a fallen tree, as was West New England Avenue, where a tree hit a power pole in a rear yard.

"Most of the trees that came down did so on private property, though some did require the closing of a street," Watterson said.

City crews were on the job cleaning up Monday night and again Tuesday, he said.

Residents who have limbs to be removed should take them to the curb, and the city will chip them and remove them over the next few days, Watterson said.