Campbell mayor happened to be at park during storm that brought down multiple trees

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CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) – Heavy rain pummeled Campbell Tuesday, bringing down trees and branches and causing some flooding.

Roosevelt Park was especially hard-hit. What’s interesting is last August, about 20 trees were either uprooted or snapped in the same park from strong winds.

“A lot of damage, like brought back memories. Cause we had it about 11 months ago. So about the same thing. It was worse the first time,” said City of Campbell parks employee Robbie Reichert.

Tuesday night’s storm brought a similar scene. A swing set was taken out by a tree. Multiple trees fell down throughout the park. Over 20 roads were blocked, according to Mayor Nick Phillips.

Phillips happened to be at Roosevelt Park having a meeting in one of the pavilions when the storm blew through.

“We were sitting here to have a little meeting and next thing we know, there was a little bit of thunder and then the wind started and the rain and next thing we know we have our backs up against this wall pretty much terrified and we were just watching trees fall down in the park over here,” Phillips said.

Phillips said the damage is going to take some time to clean up. Many people were dealing with downed wires and damage to their homes. He said to be patient and cleanup crews are working as fast as they can.

“I was absolutely terrified. Now I was never in that kind of a situation before and you read about it, you see it but when you’re in it it’s pretty scary,” Phillips said.

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