MetroParks building heavily damaged after storms roll through Butler County

A giant tree fell through a MetroParks building Wednesday afternoon in Ross Twp. when severe weather moved through the area and knocked out power to more than 1,500 customers in Butler County.

“The Forest Run MetroPark Welcome Center at Timberman Ridge and other facilities at Forest Run MetroPark sustained substantial damage from todays storms,” officials posted on Facebook. “There were no injuries reported, and MetroParks’ staff will be working on cleanup efforts over the next several weeks.”

Power was knocked out in the area around Ross Twp. and Hamilton after the storms occurred between 3 and 5 pm. Wednesday.

A Journal-News photographer at the park and surrounding area said lots of trees were down and there was some flooding in the area of Timberman Road and along Ohio 128.

As of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday there were more than 8,800 power outages in Hamilton County and 700 in Butler County, according to Duke Energy’s online outage map.

The number of outages increased to 1,590 in Butler County as of 7:40 p.m. No restoration time was provided because repairs and a damage assessment are underway, Duke says.

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