Galion residents affected by power outages

By Andrew Carter -

Heavy winds that accompanied a severe storm system on Sunday left their mark on north central Ohio.

Thousands were left without electricity and downed power lines and trees as well as property damage was reported across the region.

Crawford was one of numerous counties in the region that was under a high wind warning for much of the day on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. NWS reported that steady winds ranged from 20 to 30 miles per hour with reported gusts between 40 and 50 miles per hour.

City of Galion officials said Monday morning that there were “power outages in spots throughout town.” Jerry Pangborn, superintendent of the city’s line department, said many of the outages were caused by trees falling on power lines.

“Approximately 12 houses were affected, four street lights, and one small business,” Pangborn said in an email on Monday. “One house did not have their electric service repaired by a contractor as of (Monday) and still does not have power. A streetlight in front of the city building was blown over and is being replaced. We are still getting calls from residents who are finding damage to their services from the storm, but almost everything was repaired by the time we went home Sunday night.”

The city service department received reports of at least 10 downed trees, including some in the roadway along North Market and Fairview. A stop sign at the intersection of Fairview and Payne was uprooted and had to be reset.

City crews are still out assessing reported damage and checking for additional damage.

Crestline Exempted Village School District canceled classes today due to damage caused by the storm. District officials said “electrical and internet damage to the building” forced them to remain closed today.

AEP Ohio is reporting that 154 customers in Crawford County remain without electricity this afternoon. Ohio Edison is reporting that 130 of its customers in the county are without power. Vernon Township remains the most affected area with 75 outages. Crestline has 45 Ohio Edison customers without electricity.

By Andrew Carter