The Student News Site of Olentangy Berlin High School

The Berlin Bulletin

The Student News Site of Olentangy Berlin High School

The Berlin Bulletin

The Student News Site of Olentangy Berlin High School

The Berlin Bulletin

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Berlin hit hard by storms

 Berlin saw significant damage to its athletic fields after devastating storms Thursday night. 

   No casualties have been reported, but many students’ homes are damaged, as well as the athletic fields. 

   The baseball and football fields received extensive damage, with the football scoreboard bent in half, and the baseball field bleachers mangled and toppled over. 

   Athletics director John Betz told The Columbus Dispatch that the fencing and batting cages were severely damaged but the dugouts remained intact. 

   Save from the scoreboard, the football field seems to be in good shape. The bleachers are still standing, as are the lights. 

   “It’s a lot of cleanup. Our maintenance crews took out probably 10 truckloads of sheet metal and things and debris,” Betz said.

   The storage buildings experienced the most damage. Its roof was almost entirely ripped off, and the side was torn apart. 

   The coach of the baseball team, Mike Weaver also spoke to The Columbus Dispatch, saying it was his vision, that was destroyed in one night. 

    “When it comes down to it, those are things that can be rebuilt. We’re just glad everyone is safe,” Weaver said. 

   Luckily the high school building didn’t sustain  damage, unlike Berlin Middle School. According to 10 TV, the  district released information that the roof over the gym was partially torn off in the middle school. Power was out at both Friday. 

   Residents who visited the middle school said the windows were busted in and several electrical transmission towers were knocked over around the school. 

   As of Friday morning, the path to get to Berlin was blocked by a stopped train that had hit a fallen tree, according to authorities. Norfolk Southern worked on handling the stopped train. 

   Amanda Beeman, the Olentangy spokesperson, told authorities that the district was in the process of reaching out to parents to provide resources to those impacted by the storm. 

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