Cleanup continues following severe weather in Cridersville - Lima, OH News Weather Sports

Cleanup continues following severe weather in Cridersville

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Cridersville is no longer under a state of emergency.  However, five people were injured and dozens of buildings were damaged during Wednesdays severe weather.  

When the rain and wind subsided, employees for Reichelderfer and Graham Lumber Yard drove into Cridersville to check out the damage.

"I was devastated to see what happened," said Bernie Moening, employee.

The lumber yard was one of the hardest hit properties, but the damage spread throughout the length of the village.  

Part of the roof was also torn off the Cridersville United Methodist Church and the steeple is still bent, but officials say services will resume this weekend.  

"We should be good to go," said Charles Martindell, pastor.  

Emergency Management Agency director Troy Anderson says about 80 properties were damaged during the storm.   Now, the process to determine exactly what kind of storm caused the damage is underway.  

"I'm documenting all of the debris," said Anderson.  That information will be sent to the National Weather Service for review.  

And now that the initial shock has worn off, the rebuilding process has begun.  

"This is an old structure.  Its been here for a lot of years so we're going to try to save the structure itself and rebuild it and put a new roof on it," said Moening of the Lumber Yard.


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