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Storm Impact

At about 7 p.m., a half-hour or so after the first raindrop, Rob Nash, superintendent of the Sylvania​ Township Roa​d and Service department, began to call department employees back into work.

He had begun to hear reports of large branches and in some cases, whole trees coming down in the sudden rain and wind storm.

“Streets and sidewalks were being blocked off and it’s our responsibility to keep them clear, ” Mr. Nash said discussing his department’s response to the Aug. 29 storm.

The first step, he said, was primarily using front-end loaders to push debris away from the right-of-way. That work went well in to the night.

Most of the next day and some of the day after that, crews were busy reducing the limbs and trees into manageable sizes and taking them to Clean Wood Recycling.

The road and service department wasn’t the only group with extra work.

Chief Mike Ramm, of the Sylvania Township Fire Department, said they responded to a total of 16 instances, including a structure fire, in a four-hour period.

“Wires down, trees on fire.  We were busy, and we still had regular EMS calls coming in,” the chief said.

As the department said in a Facebook post, “Life is about turning tough times into great accomplishments.”


Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer
Published: September 7, 2022

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