Weather knocks out area power

PARKERSBURG – Some area residents felt the effects of the storm after strong winds and rain rolled through the Mid-Ohio Valley Wednesday night.

MonPower reported on its website by 10 p.m. Wednesday, 1,113 people were without power in Wood County.

Wirt County had 850 people without electricity while there were 3,544 in Tyler County and 2,671 people without power in Pleasants County. A total of 1,706 power customers were affected in Ritchie County, according to MonPower.

The Parkersburg Fire Department responded to several calls about downed power lines, including the 600 block of 32nd Street, as a result of Wednesday’s storm.

A tree was blocking the roadway Wednesday on Lake Washington Road in Wood County. Firefighters with the Blennerhassett Volunteer Fire Department removed parts of the tree to allow for the passage of traffic.

The tree fell around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Other reports of downed power lines were in the area of Camden Avenue and White Oak Lane.

Vienna fire Chief Steve Scholl said an outbuilding at 1308 20th St. in Vienna caught fire after what fire officials believe to have been a lightning strike.

Sgt. Nick Hayek with the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department said the fire was not visible from the outside of the 20th Street building; he said the contents of the building were salvaged and no one was home at the time of the blaze. Firefighters remained on the scene for about an hour.

Scholl said some residents in Vienna were without electricity after a tree fell on lines at the end of 16th Street. The MonPower website reported about 155 people were without power in the Vienna area.

Belpre Volunteer Fire Department responded to two calls of downed power lines and a large tree limb in the roadway on Ohio 7 just north of town, firefighters said. The downed power lines were reported on Middle Street and Putnam Place in Belpre, officials said Wednesday night. Firefighters dragged the tree limb from the roadway.

Eastwood Volunteer Fire Department responded to several calls, including a downed tree around 10 p.m. in the area of Winding Road around 312 Red Hill Road, about a half mile from U.S. 50.

Power was knocked out in the area of Bedrock and Grant Hill Road in Davisville; firefighters removed a tree from the roadway and the power company was notified to add the area to the list of outages.

AEP Ohio reported there were 2,428 customers without power in Washington County and 2,117 as of 10 p.m. in Athens County.

High water in Athens County caused roads to be closed, according to Sheriff Pat Kelly.

The following roadways were closed due to flooding beginning Wednesday morning: Ohio 13 north of Glouster, Ohio 13 at Ohio 329 in Trimble, Ohio 13 at Ohio 685, Ohio 329 between Trimble and Amesville, Athens County 93, Truetown Road from Ohio 13 to Township Road 409, Oregon Ridge Road, Athens County 4, Glen Ebon Road from U.S. 33 to Ohio 691, Athens County 27, Millfield Road, from Athens County 93, Truetown Road to West Sreet in Millfield.