SYLVANIA TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) – The microburst that hit northwest Ohio last week left plenty of damage. Sylvania Township crews are helping residents clear the clutter.
Sylvania Township was definitely one of the hardest hit areas, so the city is stepping in to lighten the load. Crews began early Thursday morning around 6, and will be working long days for the next month or so to clean up the area.
Large branches and lots of brush line the streets of Sylvania Township, waiting to be picked up. Residents said extra help is welcome since they really do not even know where to start.
"When I first saw what happened I had to leave. I was in shock," said resident Barbara Rochelle. "I had five trees that were uprooted with maybe 15-feet root balls."
Crews are performing a one-time brush pickup for residents, focusing on the most impacted areas, which are between Centennial and Holland-Sylvania.
Gregory Huffman, public works manager, believes the destruction could exceed $200,000, which is why the city is asking for residents' help to make the cleanup possible.
"It would really help us out if the brush is placed along the edge of the road, not on the road, but along the edge," said Huffman.
Huffman also said it is important to cut down branches under six feet long.
Rochelle said the help is needed, but no surprise.
"I think it is fabulous. Sylvania Township does a really good job for us. They pick up twice a year (in the spring and in the fall) so of course they will help us out with this situation," said Rochelle.
Crews should be done in the next 30 days and promise to cover as much ground as they can.
"It will require a few weeks, so be patient. We will be there. We will be in your neighborhood soon," said Huffman.
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