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Storm leaves trail of destruction in Lisbon

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LISBON, Ohio - A strong storm knocked out electricity, caused a gas leak and uprooted dozens of large trees in Lisbon. Residents were evacuated from one block due to the gas leak and others have been displaced from tree damage to their houses.

The village of Lisbon was abuzz with cleanup efforts and questions about what went through town Wednesday evening.

Jeri Dean and her kids had been in the backyard but decided to go inside just before mother nature struck.

"All of a sudden like five minutes after that the tree fell. Right where the tree hit is where I had his bassinet," she said.
 

Dozens of large old trees along Washington Street were uprooted knocking houses off their foundations and tearing into roofs.

Mike Chidester said "My kids were on the other end of the house and they were getting ready to go down to the basement b
ut it happened all within five to ten minutes the storm was over. There was no warnings nothing it came through and it was over."

"(The tree) took out the chimney and the roof on the one half end of the house where there's a bedroom, my bedroom and my son's bedroom together landed right on top of his crib."

Luckily Backus and her son were not home at the time.

At one point, the police chief said half of the town was without electricity and workers were going door to door to check on gas lines.

A gas leak forced a block of houses along Washington Street between Lincoln Avenue and Green Street to be evacuated. Before 11 p.m. Wednesday, residents still couldn't go back to their houses.


First Christian Church, which is on East Washington Street, opened up as a shelter for those displaced. The police chief said that there were ten people there.

Some families couldn't stay in their homes because of the extensive tree damage to the structures.

The chief says no injuries have been reported.

People are wondering if a tornado touched down but 21 News Chief Meteorologist Eric Wilhelm said that it was more than likely a down burst. 

"The amount of hail was just crazy, a crazy amount of hail. It covered the whole front yard," said Backus who was working at a bank in town at the time. She also described strong winds.

 Workers from every village department have been helping to clear debris in what is sure to be a long clean up.

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