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Residents Remember Derecho One Year Later
COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia) -- On June 28, 2012 a derecho blew through central Ohio on a 700-mile path of destruction in the Midwest. Damage was estimated at $845 million in Ohio alone. More than 660,000 people lost electric, with some without power for over a week.
One of the hardest hit areas was near Hamilton Road on the city’s northeast side. Dozens of people were trapped in their cars when utility poles snapped in half sending live mangled wires into the path of emergency responders. Roger Hinson of New Albany had his foot severed from his leg when one of the poles crashed onto his van.
In Upper Arlington, residents were challenged by lack of power and many downed trees blocked roads.
At Huffman's market, workers lost power when the storm rolled in that evening, but regained electricity the next morning. Owners Tim and Glenda Huffman gave out food to customers, whether they bought groceries or not. On this anniversary, the couple said they cringed when the lights flickered a bit.
"In retrospect, going back to this time last year scares the heck out of us,” said Huffman.
When asked if he does anything differently from a year ago, Tim said "we pray a heck of a lot more."