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Storm whips BG area PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel Staff   
Sunday, 07 July 2013 23:30
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A power line is seen along Dunbridge Road. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)

Recovery efforts were in full swing this morning in Bowling Green following a severe thunderstorm late Sunday night.
The biggest problems are concentrated on Dunbridge Road and East Wooster Street east of the city’s Interstate 75 interchange. SEE MORE PHOTOS
Brad Gilbert, director of the County Emergency Management Agency said this morning a downburst straightline wind of 65 to 70 mph caused the damage on Dunbridge Road.
Dunbridge Road is closed to through traffic between Wooster Street and Poe Road until further notice.

Dunbridge Road is closed to through traffic between Wooster Street and Poe Road until further notice. Access to business, industry and residences on Dunbridge Road is only allowed from Poe Road. Access to the Meijer store is via Wooster Street from the east. Traffic cannot access Wooster Street via Dunbridge Road from the south.


All ramps at I-75 are open but no traffic is allowed to travel east of the overpass.
The traffic light at Dunbridge and Wooster is out of service indefinitely.
In the midst the storm, the exterior of a home at 332 Buttonwood Ave. caught on fire. 
There were no injuries and there was no one inside the residence when it caught fire, according to a BG Fire Division report.
Firefighters responded to the residence at 11:11 Heavy fire could be seen on the outside of the structure on the south side, according to the report.
Crews later found an energized wire laying in the trees near the fire. Power was shut down to the two-story residence.
Four customers along Dunbridge Road remained without power as of 8:30 this morning.
John Stewart, assistant superintendent of Bowling Green’s Electric Division, said one residential customer, two industrial customers and one commercial customer were awaiting restoration of service.
“It’s a slow process,” Stewart said. “The guys are tired from working all night but we will go as long as we can. We’d like to get those four customers back as soon as we can.”
He said all of the Wood Bridge Business Park and Bowling Green State University Research Enterprise Park customers have power. The Meijer store has power but the Meijer gas station does not.
Tony Romaker, who has lived on Dunbridge Road for 30 years, said he was watching television when the storm hit about 10:45 p.m.
“I heard the wind and thought lightning hit something when the power went out. I went to bed and got up about 3 a.m. and saw all of the poles down.”
The Romaker house is just south of the Kellermeyer building in the business park. “I was here before everybody else,” Romaker said.
Romaker said there was minor damage to the front porch of the home. This morning he was using a generator to keep a refrigerator and freezer running in the house. “I heard it might be Thursday before we get power,” he said.

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Crews work at the intersection of Dunbridge and Wooster early Monday morning.
For a short while this morning BG police had the family leave the house. Romaker said police took his daughter to work at Meijer about 7.
BGSU closed its offices in the Huntington Building in the business park and asked employees to call their supervisors at 10 to check on the status of the operations. University spokesman David Kielmeyer said the building houses offices for human resources, risk management and environmental services. Fewer than 30 people work there.
Stewart said the storm took out 15 large transmission poles, 14 of them 70 feet tall and one 75 feet tall.
The damage is concentrated just north of East Wooster Street with several poles leaning or snapped off. Part of the transmission line belongs to BG Electric and part of the line to Toledo Edison, Stewart said.
Bowling Green is getting mutual aid assistance from several other municipal electric companies, including Wapakoneta, which BG crews helped out recently following a storm in that community. Stewart said crews are also here from Bryan and Montpelier.
Stewart said the Dunbridge Road substation was not affected by the storm.
Just to the south and west of Dunbridge Road, several trees were damaged in the Stadium View Apartment and Carter Park.
BG officials are assessing tree damage around the city, including City Park and Oak Grove Cemetery. Assistant Municipal Administrator Lori Tretter urged residents to be aware of and report any tree damage or electrical line problems to the police at (419) 352-1131 or the Electric Division at (419) 354-6260.
According to Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn, there was a fire in a tree in the 13000 block of Cloverdale Road due to a power line down.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 July 2013 10:52
 

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