Area eases through first storm of season

Eric Marotta Published:

Local officials said there were few weather-related problems during the storm that hit Northeast Ohio the night of Dec. 26, other than some minor automobile accidents.

According to Boston Mills/Brandywine ski resort, about 7 inches of snow fell —just in time for the ski areas to open, according to BMBW marketing director Scott Mackle.

Elsewhere in the area, things were quiet.

Macedonia Police Chief Jon Golden said there were five accidents reported in the city, none with serious injuries.

“I think everyone realized we just need to stay home and let the road crews do their job,” Golden said.

One minor injury was reported in one of four accidents in Sagamore Hills, according to Sagamore Hills police. Two cars also went off the road, said dispatcher Scott Barrett.

“We had a couple of accidents, a couple of cars off the road, but we fared pretty well during the storm,” he said.

Northfield Village Fire Inspector Chis Hrach reported the department received two medical calls, but no problems related to the storm.

Northfield Center-Sagamore Hills Fire District Chief Frank Risko said the district handled two of the Sagamore Hills accidents.

Firefighters helped a resident get through the snow so she could get to her car and a doctor’s appointment this morning, Risko said.

“Last night, we were quiet all night,” he said.

In the Cuyahoga Valley, the storm allowed the ski resorts to build on the base of snow so that some ski runs will be able to open this week Mackle. He said opening day for the resort is scheduled for Dec. 28 at Boston Mills and Dec. 29 for Brandywine.

In the meantime, the Macedonia Wal-Mart remains closed where an unrelated water main break flooded the store Wednesday morning.

“They had a main water line break that put about four or five inches of water throughout the store,” said Macedonia Fire Chief Tim Black. “They are closed and probably will remain closed for a couple of days, but that’s just an estimate.”

Black said the store reported the break at about 4:25 a.m. Dec. 26 and the Cleveland Division of Water was called, with the water shut off at 5:42 a.m.

Black said the cause of the break is unknown. He also said that store merchandise sustained little or no damage because most if not all of it was above the water line.

An employee there said this morning the store would be closed to customers today, but may reopen tomorrow.

Editor’s note: Reporter Jeff Saunders contributed to this report.

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