Holmes County Sheriff: Storm causes ‘extensive damage’

Published: Jun. 14, 2022 at 6:54 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 14, 2022 at 10:51 AM EDT
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HOLMES COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) - Holmes County Sheriff Timothy Zimmerly declared a Level 3 emergency on the roads Tuesday morning, due to extensive storm damage.

Level 3 Holmes County roadways remain under a Level 3 conditions due to extensive storm damage. Road crews and...

Posted by Holmes County Sheriffs Office on Tuesday, June 14, 2022

According to Sheriff Zimmerly, road crews and utility company workers are doing their best to clear the trees and debris.

Many roads are closed to non-emergency personnel.

One person was injured when a tree fell on their camper at the Wally World Campground in Loudonville.

Sheriff Zimmerly said the person was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Trees and power lines were down through out the state route 83 corridor through southern Wayne County and into and through Holmes County.

Some semi trucks were stuck, unable to move and find a place to turnaround, as it became to dangerous with downed wires and trees stretching across the road, but others found a way to turn around in tight intersections, before heading back the way they came hoping to find another route to their destination.

Linda Freeman woke up in the middle of the night to a tornado warning and hustled her family down the basement just before a massive tree in her front yard came crashing into the front of the house.

Not only did the tree smash the front of her house but winds ripped the majority of the roof off and left significant damage.

“We were down there just a short while and we heard a loud crash that was stuff falling on the second floor, the roof was gone and the water was coming in,” Freeman said, “It’s pretty horrendous.”

Freeman stood out in front of the home on Tuesday morning trying to take it all in, as workers scrambled to board up the roof and while she waited for someone to come and remove the massive tree that covered the entire front of the house.

“My family is fine, we’re good, it’s all good, this stuff we will get it taken care of, we have good insurance,” she said just relieved there were no injuries.

This storm left its mark, one that will not be forgotten anytime soon.

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