Storm debris closes roads, schools


Colonel Crawford schools closed, North Robinson area hit hard, power out overnight in Galion

CRAWFORD COUNTY — Monday night’s storm left a trail of damage in its wake

Several roads throughout the county are closed because of downed trees, limbs and power lines.

The area around North Robinson saw significant damage and the decision to close Colonel Crawford Schools was made shortly after 5 a.m.

If you have photos of storm damage in your area, and want to share them, email them Russ Kent at rkent@aimmediamidwest or galnews@aimmediamidwest.

Residents in the north end of Galion were without power for several hours this morning. At about 4:30 a.m., the electricity was restored, but just a few minutes later it went out again.

Electric department workers were working at the sub station in Heise Park.

Mosty street lights in the uptown area of Galion are on, but some stop lights were not operating early this morning. Motorists should treat those intersections as four-way stops.

Ohio 602, between Crestline and Lower Leesville roads, is closed until further notice, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.

A new release from the sheriff’s department reported that at about 10 p.m. Monday, “Crawford County experienced a storm system that led to heavy damage in some areas. We would like to caution people who are traveling through our county of some specific areas that may prove to cause issues.”

Ohio 602, going through the village of North Robinson will have lines/trees and heavy damage. The Lincoln Highway, north of North Robinson, all the way to Ohio 61 in Richland County saw similar damage, as did Leesville, Biddle and Krichbaum roads

The heavieststorm damage begins west of North Robinson and ends near Hook Road in Richland County.

Employees with the Crawford County garage have set up road blocks on Lincoln Highway between Krichbaum and Nazor Road and on Krichbaum between Ohio 61 and the Lincoln Highway.

Be wary of other drivers this morning and downed limbs and power lines.

By Russ Kent

Galion Inquirer