Foreclosures during the Great Recession added to thousands of blighted properties in Columbus. But, a state program helped fund demolition of many of those houses and apartment units.
More Than 200,000 Ohioans Without Electricity From Sandy
At least 200,000 Ohioans were still without power Tuesday morning after Superstorm Sandy brought high winds and the season’s first snow to some parts of the state overnight.
FirstEnergy was reporting more than 247,000 customers without power in northeast Ohio, mostly in the Cleveland area, before dawn Tuesday. The utility also reported other scattered outages across the northern section of the state and down into Central Ohio. AEP Ohio reported around 6,000 interruptions in the Canton area and Central Ohio.
As of 8 a.m., power had been restored to nearly all of AEP’s central Ohio customers.
In Columbus, Tuesday morning commuters were dealing with snow-covered roadways, including this scene on Manchester Ave. on the city’s North side.
State emergency manage officials say the Ohio Department of Transportation has about 30 trucks clearing debris and felled trees from roads around Central Ohio.
High wind warnings are still in effect in much of central and eastern Ohio for much of Tuesday.
In northern Ohio, most shipping vessels on Lake Erie sought safe harbor from massive waves and wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour.
The storm has also cancelled and delayed many flights at all of the state’s largest airports.
The massive storm made landfall in New Jersey Monday night with 80 mph sustained winds, killing at least 16 people in seven states.