Cleanup continues at Seneca Lake Park

July 1, 2012

The thunderstorm that rolled through the Seneca Lake region on Friday night (June 29) has left Seneca Lake Park without electric service and caused damage in the park campgrounds from high winds that knocked over several hundred trees.

Cleanup crews have been working around the clock to remove trees and idenitfy damaged camping units and other items, especially in the Marina Point campground area, according to Joe McGlothlin, Seneca Lake Park manager.

Cleanup activities will continue over the next several days, he added, noting that staff from the park, the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) and contracted firms are assisting.

Both the park and Seneca Marina remain open, although some guest services will be limited during the recovery period.

McGlothlin said he encourages those who have camping units and boats at the campgrounds and marina and have been unable to check on them to contact the park at (740) 685-6013 for more details. Visitors planning to come to the campgrounds and marina for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday week and weekend also can contact the park if they have any questions prior to their planned arrival.

McGlothlin said park staff is hopeful that electric service will be restored in the next couple of days.

Tornado and thunderstorm warnings were issued by authorities during Friday night's storms for the Seneca Lake region. No injuries were reported in the park.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared a state of emergency for the entire state after severe storms and winds in excess of 80 mph knocked out power for about 1 million electric-company customers across an estimated two-thirds of the state. Kasich said that the widespread outages could take up to a week to fully restore, and, together with the heat wave, could create crisis situations for the elderly, young children and those with sensitive medical conditions.

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