MIAMI COUNTY — A strong thunderstorm moved through the area on Monday afternoon, leaving considerable damage in its wake as it made its way through Union Township and West Milton.
West Milton Fire Chief Ben Herron described the aftermath of the storm as “chaotic,” with whole trees, utility poles and electrical transformers toppled by the storm. Most residents lost power, as well as cable and internet services.
The damage was scattered throughout the village and township, but was worse on the southern end of the village, he said.
“We have one plat, Cedar plat, I don’t know if there’s a tree back there that wasn’t damaged,” Herron said. “We’re going to be cleaning up for a while.”
On Horseshoe Bend Road, about a mile west of St. Rt. 48, a number of large trees were blown over and an aluminum boat was blown several hundred yards before wrapping around a tree.
The fire department put out several fires Monday evening that were caused by downed power lines, including one caused by a damaged transformer on Emerick Road, Herron said.
“It actually caught fire and, for lack of a better term, blew up,” Herron said.
West Milton Fire Department, West Milton Police, and Miami County Sheriff’s deputies were kept busy checking reports of damage and also going door-to-door to insure the safety of residents.
“It’s a miracle that we did not have any reported injuries,” Herron said.
Laura and Ludlow Falls Fire Departments provided assistance in accessing damage areas.
Dayton Power and Light crews began arriving shortly after the storm subsided. They remain at work in the area restoring power.
Most electricity to the area was restored late Monday night, but approximately 25 homes in the village were still without power Tuesday morning, Herron said.
According to the DP&L website, more than 100 outages are still reported in all of Miami County.
With the amount of damaged and downed trees in the area, the village will organize collection of limbs and branches through the end of the day Wednesday, June 14. Residents are asked to place limbs for collection in the right-of-way, but out of the street and behind the curb.