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Westernville tornado recovery 1 week later

The Town of Western is still in a state of emergency after getting hit by an EF 1 tornado one week ago.

Posted: Jul 16, 2021 6:10 PM

Workers at the Woods Valley Ski resort are continuing with repairs after last week’s EF 1 tornado did considerable damage to the area. Rooves were ripped off, and trees were toppled over along the hillside. Owner Tim Woods has been focusing on getting the place cleaned up, at the same time going through a major construction project. While he has plenty to do around his own business, his thoughts are with the people throughout the community.

"It has been very heartwarming to see what’s been happening in the community. A lot of local fire departments, and just people coming in from outside of our community to help people in Westernville has been….I’m not surprised by it, but it’s always wonderful to see."

The clean-up efforts are moving right along, and the Westernville Fire Department has been going above and beyond to help the local community. Chief Michael Anania talked about how the department has been helping local residents with tree removals. 

"I would safely say over a couple hundred thousand dollars we’ve saved to the local taxpayer."

Western Town Supervisor Diane Butler is seeking funding for residents facing some costly tree removals.

"One family was told $15,000 to get rid of the trees on their property. Homeowners insurance won’t help them because it’s done no destruction to any buildings on their property, so that’s a hard hit. People don’t have $15,000 sitting in the bank."

The Town Supervisor’s concerned about trees that have been damaged during the storm. She’s worried the slightest storm could send these trees toppling onto houses and powerlines.

"If we get a heavy wind those trees are coming down, and then we’re going to be right back in the position we’re in before which is with the wires and the telephone poles."

Until that funding is secured, Chief Anania is encouraging homeowners do what they can to avoid a catastrophe.

"It just goes to tell you that Mother Nature is in charge you know and we survived…. We’re survivors."

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