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Storm leaves damage trail

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | May 18, 2017
Photo by: Andy Hallman/Ledger photo Two trees were uprooted and fell onto the driveway of Roy and Beverly Lamansky’s home in Fairfield as a result of the strong winds that swept through town Wednesday afternoon. The trees did not damage their home, but did block their driveway, and blocked the exit of their granddaughter’s car visible through the trees.

Jefferson County suffered major wind damage when a storm blew through Wednesday afternoon.

Fairfield’s tornado sirens sounded on two separate occasions, once around 4:10 p.m. and again at about 5:45 p.m. Once the storm passed and residents felt comfortable going outside, some of them discovered downed trees and other damaged property.

Due to the large amount of damage, the city of Fairfield has scheduled a brush-only pickup day for 7 a.m. Monday. All brush should be put in a neat pile adjacent to the street. The city will not accept limbs bigger than 24 inches in diameter or 13 feet in length. This does not include leaves and yard waste, which will continue to be picked up in the city yard waste bags with regular recycling pickup.

Brush must be placed by the curb and away from poles, fences and water shufoffs. City crews will not make a second trip.

Roy and Beverly Lamansky live in the 800 block of South Park Street. As the storm approached, the Lamanskys’ granddaughter and her baby rushed over to the house to take shelter in the basement. Their granddaughter went back outside in an effort to fit her car into the garage, but found there was no room, so went back inside.

After the skies had returned to a normal color, the Lamanskys emerged from their home only to learn that two tall trees from the neighbors’ yard had fallen on their driveway, preventing them from removing their cars from the garage.

Beverly said the wind was howling so loudly she couldn’t hear the trees come crashing down. She said there was no damage to their house.

Betty Adam, who lives in the 1200 block of Glenview Circle in Fairfield, said a large tree on her property fell onto another tree, damaging its limbs.

“I had just planted marigold flowers under the tree, but the wind didn’t hurt any of them,” she said. “We have all kinds of yard ornaments, and not a thing was damaged. They weren’t even blown over. That’s a miracle.”

Jason Rippey of Fairfield said he spent much of the night picking up debris from a destroyed shed that had blown onto the property of his mother and stepfather, Pam and Jeff Koontz. They live near the intersection of Pleasant Plain Road and Salina Road. Rippey said debris had blown across the highway, and that a passing motorist stopped to help them drag the tin off the road.

Rippey said the storm also destroyed their picnic table and blew their barbecue grill across the driveway.

Jefferson County Engineer Scott Cline reported that the wind snapped a power pole on 185th Street west of Pleasant Plain Road and that it was leaning over the road. He feared that it would drag the power lines onto the road if it continued falling.

The pole was being held up by the lines themselves, which were still hot.

Cline said “road closed” signs with flashing lights were put up.

Cline also said the county fixed a downed stop sign at the intersection of Mulberry Avenue and 110th Street.

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