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May Day belongs to Mother Nature

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:55 PM

The Firelands area received a good dose of Mother Nature's medicine Tuesday.

"The southern part of the county got hit a lot worse," said Jason Roblin, assistant director at the Huron County Emergency Management Agency.

The sheriff's office reported 13 roads being covered by water or debris from the storm.

"There were several tornado watches and warnings issued," Roblin added. "And there was a funnel sighted near Savannah in Ashland County."

Roblin said it is typical that storms run along U.S. 224 in southern Huron County and often hammer Willard and Greenwich.

Carl Essex, administrative assistant at the county highway department, said the Greenwich area received about 4 inches of rain from Tuesday's storm.

"Our tree crews are out just trying to repair berm wash-outs, clear culverts and field debris that has washed in," Essex said.

"This weather has really wreaked havoc on our bridge crew out on Towline Road 151 by Eagle Creek," Essex added. "It's a muddy mess."

The Norwalk wastewater treatment plant reported 0.85 inches of rain fell through 8 a.m. today in Norwalk.

"We have nothing to report on," said Richard Moore, Norwalk Street Department superintendent. "There have basically been no calls. It's kind of quiet."

"I did a road check this morning," said Ben Chaffee, South Central Locals Schools superintendent. "School is in session as normal."

Willard City Schools Superintendent Dennis Doughty was out early today, too.

"We had some flooded roads early, but just one or two now," Doughty said. "We received about 3 inches of rain and it was a little touchy last night. There was some fog this morning, but that has dissipated."

The sheriff's office reported a barn was on the roadway on Baseline Road just east of Ohio 13. Deputies said local residents cleared the barn off the roadway by using a tractor.

New London Local Schools Superintendent Jim Eibel said he was out at 5 a.m. today.

"We had some hail and I think the building is OK," Eibel said. "We had some back roads flooded, but we're in good shape. We had some fog early, but that lifted by 5:15 and headed toward the Ashland-Mapleton area."

Crestview Locals Schools Superintendent Steve Willeke said the storm went north of the school site, which is located in northern Richland County.

"We did have a couple roads flooded where the school buses had to take a detour, but, fortunately, we were not hit hard at the school," Willeke said.

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