Boone County hit hard by storms, clean-up underway

LEBANON, Ind. (WISH) – Power poles were snapped and trees downed across Boone County following Tuesday’s early morning storms.

Along State Road 75  from County Roads 500 South to 600 South five power poles were snapped at their base. Motorists were being advised to avoid that stretch of highway. The highway reopened at 8:51 p.m., Tuesday.

Wind damage was reported from Thorntown to Zionsville.  In Lebanon, along Elm Street, there where several trees blown into homes and vehicles. One half of Lebanon was without power.

“I heard a big crack and a great big boom and breaking glass,” Sandy Yarger said.

She woke to two big tree limbs poking through the front wall of her home.

“Part of the tree was also on my car which was parked right next to the house,” Yarger said.

Once the grandmother checked on the kids, it was time to get to work.

“We’ll advise them to go ahead and put their limbs next to the curb and we’ll probably spend the next 2 to three weeks picking up storm damage,” Lebanon Superintendent Larry Lee said.

Street crews were also on hand minutes after the storm.

“2:30 this morning I had my full crew of nine people out,” Lee said.

Some damage isn’t difficult to clear out, but one tree at Washington and Lafayette will be a big job.

“That tree was big enough to take her house out, or mostly, it would have been rebuilt, but it would have been a lot,” neighbor Robert Spaeth said.

He lives next door and says he’s glad his home made it through the storm and this tree didn’t do more damage.

“How did that miss me? I’m just lucky,” Spaeth said.

And despite the damage, no one was hurt. And during clean-up Lebanon Mayor Huck Lewis wants to keep it that way.

“When they start cutting these trees down, nobody gets hurt doing that either,” Mayor Lewis said.

Still Yarger and others who bore the brunt of the storm are just feel fortunate to have the help of the community.

“I appreciate that very much, I have a lot of friends and good neighbors,” Yarger said.

And even once clean-up is complete, city workers will not be done. Lebanon Superintendent Larry Lee says his team along with utility crews are making a big effort to trim and take down trees in alley ways and throughout the city, so that when the next big storm comes through, it can’t cause so much damage. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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