Storm cleanup continues across Wood County

PARKERSBURG – Amounts of damage seen by residents vary a day after the storm tore through the Mid-Ohio Valley Tuesday.

Some said there was no damage to their homes other than losing one or more trees.

Linda Crum, who lives along New England Ridge Road near Washington, W.Va., said the damage at her home was limited, especially when compared to what happened in the 2012 derecho.

“We have 53 acres and we just lost a few trees,” she said. “The last time two years ago we had damage to our whole deck roof. It was down to the wood and we had a lot of water damage.

“This time we were lucky. It was just trees.”

Crum said they were still without electric service late Wednesday and she had been told their electricity would be restored sometime today.

Jeff Deem, who also lives on New England Ridge Road, said there was no damage to his home but they did lose a tree in the yard.

“Mostly it was a really heavy wind storm and heavy rain storm,” he said.

Deem said at first the storm was similar to the derecho.

“It was a really hard wind and it lasted for several minutes; it was very hard,” he said. “We just lost one tree. In 2012 we lost a tree but this one survived that.”

Deem said the tree they lost in 2012 damaged electrical lines that run across his property. He said the area is still waiting for electric service to be restored.

Michael Enoch, who lives in South Park Villa off Marrtown Road, was busy Wednesday evening helping repair the underpinning to the trailer of a neighbor.

“I’m working this for the lady who lives here, but the storm did the same thing to mine,” he said. “We’re putting all new boards to ensure that it doesn’t come off again.”

Enoch said when the derecho hit in 2012 he lived in Parkersburg and where he lived did not have a lot of damage.

Roger Barnhouse of Coolville, whose mother-in-law lives in South Park Villa, said the trailer sustained the same damage in 2012 as it did this time around but the debris was not near the property.

“Two years ago it did worse damage,” he said. “The underpinnings were scattered all over the neighborhood and it broke off part of the roof.

“I remember that one. I was here for it.”

Enoch said one trailer lost its roof in the storm.

“It ripped the roof off and it landed on a nearby building,” he said. “It tore up the building and the building will have to be replaced. It tore the underpinning off the rear of my trailer that I just put on last summer.”

In Parkersburg, Penny Hill was waiting for an insurance adjuster to come to her Fourth Avenue home Wednesday morning, where a massive white oak tree that fell and damaged her porch covered her driveway-and her son’s Toyota Corolla.

Her 19-year-old son and a friend were putting the family dog outside when they heard a cracking sound Tuesday afternoon.

“He heard a noise and decided to walk back in,” Hill said. “It was a pretty good decision on his part, because him, his friend and the dog probably wouldn’t have made it.”

The tree that toppled when its trunk broke is a 74-foot-tall white oak with a trunk circumference of 155 inches. It was on the City of Parkersburg’s Big Tree List, recording the largest examples of various species of trees.

“That’s a serious, monstrous tree,” Hill said.

(Staff writer Evan Bevins contributed to this report.)