Businesses Continue Fundraising for Hurricane Relief

MILLERSBURG, Ohio. Last week, a severe storm with direct winds uprooted trees, wrecked cars and cut power to more than 150,000 people.

At the time, radar estimated that these straight-line winds were anywhere from 70 to over 90 mph, with damage extending over Wayne, Holmes, and Tuskarawas counties.

A PHOTO: Strong winds knocked down trees during an overnight storm

An AEP Ohio spokesperson told News 5, for example, that by 9 a.m. June 14, 13,200 customers in the Worcester area were without power. Crews repaired the lines over the next week, and by 20 June power was restored to Worcester.

At Skyview Ranch Christian Camp, electricity to the camp was partially restored earlier this week after hundreds of their trees fell during a storm.

“We had trees crushing cars, breaking through the roofs of some of our houses, just a lot of shingles and siding all over the camp,” said chief executive Jonathan Casbom.

Kasbom told News 5 how his team worked to keep the camp open for the summer, even though it was closed for just a few days last week.

“In our driveway alone, we had 50-100 trees. [toppled]”, he explained. “Just to be able to get out of the camp, we had to clear a lot.”

Kasbom said there is still a lot of work to be done, especially on the damaged roofs of several buildings and the removal of fallen trees.

Just down the road Tons of Honeywho lost the roof of his warehouse during a storm.

News 5 documented how volunteers helped restore the roof the very next day. However, there is a lot of restoration work going on inside the warehouse and retail store.

“It was pretty hectic,” owner Phillip Beachy said. “Water was dripping from the ceiling, there was water on the floor, and everything had to be cleaned.”

Beachy said it’s still not clear when the retail store will reopen, but the online store is taking orders and he hopes to resume wholesale production of his honey next week.

“It’s like putting all the puzzles together and we get there,” he added.

What started out as a mountain of trouble after a storm still exists for many today, but as many have explained, perhaps with a little help the prospect looks less daunting.

“Without friends, this project would be too big for me,” Beachy said. “Get all the friends you can because you never know when you might need help and don’t give up. Do not give up”.

“It was really a community effort and this place has yet to be cleaned up,” Kasbom said.