Hurricane Sandy hits Westlake and Bay Village.

Hurricane Sandy swept in across Lake Erie on the evening of Monday, October 29 and left in her wake damage from fallen trees, toppled utility poles , and downed wires in Westlake and Bay Village. Being on the lake, Bay was hit especially hard with over 85% of the homes losing power, leaving close to 5,500 residences without power, some for up to 6 days. Westlake also had a good portion of the community without electricity, were almost 8,700 homes are effected. Westlake service director Paul Quinn detailed some of storm damage at the Thursday, November 1 city council session. He reported that 243 trees had been recorded at that time with the probability of hundreds more yet unidentified in backyards and parks. He also said that sixteen light poles were down, closing a number of streets through the community.

The WBV Observer office in Bay Village was spared the fate of many in our community, as our power was restored several hours after going dark on Monday evening, Oct. 29. Although phone and internet were down for days, we had electricity and the latest issue of the Observer arrived hot off the presses Tuesday afternoon, ready to be delivered throughout Westlake and Bay. We roamed the storm-ravaged streets of the two cities for hours that day, peering in the windows of most of our hundreds of distribution locations in hopes of seeing movement inside. It was a tall order in Westlake; in Bay, an exercise in futility. Just getting around was a challenge in itself, with the darkened streets and unexpected roadblocks due to downed power lines. As each day passed, and we noticed or got word of another location rejoining the power grid, we would scurry over and drop a bundle of papers for our powerless neighbors to take home and read for entertainment or burn for warmth. And little by little, streets and homes began lighting up, stores – especially those selling groceries – filled with shoppers and by Monday night, one week removed from the storm, things were almost completely back to normal. We had managed to deliver papers to almost every one of the community locations that carry the Observer, and shot a number of cool pictures as we traveled around. Here are some of the scenes we – and other members of the community – captured in the days following the storm.


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  • The sound of chain saws buzzed through the community after the storm.
  • A broken telephone line pole on Douglas Drive in Bay.

  • Kids play on a fallen tree at a home on the corner of Bradley and Lake Road. Photo by Julia Shutt

  • Electric crews repairing electric wires on Hilliard Boulevard at Westhill .
  • Road closed signs were a common sight in Bay Village and Westlake following the storm. This photo was taken the morning after – Tuesday, Oct. 30 – on Lake Road between Clague and Columbia Roads.
  • A large diameter tree was toppled on Wolf Road.
  • Waves crash against the piers along the shoreline in Bay Village driven by 65 mph gusting winds
  • Strong winds off the lake uprooted a tree in the Huntington Beach parking lot.
  • Scores of residents visited Huntington Beach to experience firsthand the fury of the hurricane blowing across Lake Erie.
  • A fallen tree damaged the roof on a home on Wolf Road.
  • Tree companies were in high demand to remove fallen trees.
  • “October was the wettest month on record, with 10 inches of rain, seven inches occurring during the hurricane,” stated Westlake service director Paul Quinn. Pine trees were most susceptible to the softened soil and strong winds, like this one on Wolf Road in Bay Village on Oct. 30.
  • A fallen tree blocked the street on West Oakland in Bay Village.
  • A snapped electric pole on Hilliard Boulevard at Westhill kept Hilliard closed until Thursday, Nov. 1. Photo by Paul Quinn.
  • A broken street light pole pulls down utility wires on Porter Road. Photo by Paul Quinn.
  • Wind gusts reaching 65 mph downed trees and electric wires, closing Lake Road at the Huntington Metroparks.
  • A Bay Village service truck on Nov. 9 adds to the mound of debris cleared from the streets of Bay and Westlake after the storm. The brush pile, located behind the Westlake Service Garage, will be chipped into mulch. Photo by Dave Rencehausen.
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