Celina's Mayor: Crews are close to getting the lights back on after storms, tornado
CELINA, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - After a tornado knocked out power for two days, Celina’s mayor said crews are close to getting lights back on.
Tuesday night, Mayor Jeff Hazel estimated 98 percent of the community should have power by Wednesday afternoon. That’s a big step for businesses trying to re-open.
Walking into C-Town Wings, it's kind of eerie. There's broken glass, empty seats and food left on the table.
“There are whole subs, they must have been served right before the tornado,” owner Kerry Roberts said.
Roberts helped keep customers safe during the storm.
“We had probably 30 people all around this bar, all on the floor,” Roberts said.
No one was hurt, but the restaurant suffered extensive damage.
Kerry just opened this location in April, now it needs more than $250,000 in repairs.
“It’s devastating to us, but we're just thankful everyone's OK,” Roberts said.
Mayor Hazel said many businesses along Havemann Road are still cleaning up.
“We still still have a bit to go, but we are working very hard,” Hazel said.
Some stores like Walmart, Menards and Arby’s have re-opened with the help of generators, but bigger plants like Crown Equipment still have extensive damage.
Hazel said most of the damage shouldn't impact production at crown, once they get power back.
Crews are working non-stop to restore the power grid, getting extra help from five nearby communities.
“They are working to their utmost ability to get this back to normal as soon as possible,” Hazel said.
Normal may be a month away for C-Town Wings.
“We’re going to start work tomorrow, we have the go ahead from our insurance company,” Roberts said.
Roberts has his work cut out for him, but he knows Celina has his back.
“Everyone’s calling me wanting to help and we live in a great community,” Roberts said.