By Kevin Kelley
Mayor Eileen Patton said superstorm Sandy has caused more damage than any other storm in her 13 years as Fairview Park mayor.
She said some parts of the city looked like a war zone earlier on Tuesday.
County crews have come to Fairview Park to help city crews clean up the damage from the storm that hit a large section of the eastern portion of the United States.
“We really needed the help,” Patton told West Life.
The Coffinberry area in the eastern part of the city was the hardest hit, Patton believes. However, many streets were clear late Tuesday afternoon.
Around 5 p.m., crews were sawing a fallen tree that was blocking Henry Road near West 196th Street.
Patton postponed Halloween trick-or-treating in the city until Sunday evening, from 5 to 7 p.m. Trash pick-up was still on its normal schedule, the mayor said.
At a Monday evening City Council meeting, Patton told members that the Gemini Center, at 21225 Lorain Road, was ready to serve as a shelter for residents who had lost electrical power. Not many residents were taking advantage of the Gemini Center, the mayor said Tuesday afternoon. The Gemini Center will remain open until 10 p.m., whereupon residents needing shelter may go to the basement community room at Fairview Park City Hall. Both buildings have emergency generator power.
Patton quoted First Energy officials as saying it will take a couple of days to restore power to all Northeast Ohio residents who have lost it. The energy supplier’s first priorities are critical facilities such as hospitals, then live wires on the ground, she said.
The Fairview Park Branch Library has electricity and is open. Many businesses along Lorain Road are open, but a few, such as McDonald’s are not.