CRIDERSVILLE — The state of emergency for the village of Cridersville has been lifted.
Mayor Lorali Myers announced shortly after noon on Thursday she was lifting the state of emergency for the village — placed in effect after high winds in excess of 85 mph and a possible tornado hit the center of the village.
“As of what we know today (Thursday), we had five injuries from the storm and based on what we knew about 45 minutes ago, we had a total of 80 businesses and residential properties that were damaged from the storm,” Myers said at approximately 3 p.m. “Cleanup continues and we have made available two ways for the residents to get rid of debris. Tree limbs and brush can be placed at the curb and building materials and debris from their homes also can be placed at the curb, but we ask that they be in two separate piles.
“We will continue to clean that up for a week through next Friday,” the mayor said.
Myers said Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency Director Troy Anderson is still having conversations with National Weather Service officials regarding if a tornado hit the village at 2:54 p.m. Wednesday causing extensive damage to a storage building at Reichelderfer & Graham Lumber and trapping Janice and Ned Myers in their home under ceiling drywall and insulation.
“They are watching video, reviewing pictures taken by people in the village and reviewing eye-witness accounts,” Myers said. “Based on the data he was collecting with a heat index and the dew point, it was conducive to that tornadic type of wind. Troy was able to determine the wind was in excess of 85 mph.”
Myers and Police Chief John Drake issued a warning that any business seeking work for storm-related clean-up must have a solicitation permit and “those will not be issued until Friday, July 12.”
“If someone is in our village and they are out soliciting business and they do not have the solicitation permit by the chief of police then they will be fined,” Myers said. “We want to make sure our residents are aware that if people are showing up at their door and going door-to-door that they show their permit to be in the village.”
She does not want businesses preying on village residents.
Myers also proclaimed the Cridersville Firemen’s Jamboree is going on as scheduled starting with today’s scheduled activities.