TWINSBURG — Amazon’s distribution center on Route 82 is closed to repair damage caused by severe weather Sunday night, said Assistant Fire Chief Steve Bosso.
"I don’t think it was a tornado because I live right around the corner from that, but it was wind event," said Bosso. "It lifted a portion of the roof and set it back down ... The HVAC system was knocked over. Damage to the inside, some twisted trusses and such."
Bosso said two Amazon employees suffered minor injuries as a result of the storm. One was struck by some light debris falling from the roof, and the other twisted his ankle trying to get out of the way.
Bosso said that as of Monday morning, Amazon was sending its own engineers to assess the damage to the 248,000-square-foot facility in the Cornerstone Business Park on the corner of Route 82 and Chamberlin Road.
Bosso said Amazon was the only damage-related call the fire department went out on. Assistant Police Chief Bob Gonsiewski said that Ravenna Road between Cannon Road and Route 82 is flooded, with detour signs posted.
Bosso said, "Heed the signs. Don’t try to drive through it."
Bosso said there are other areas of sporadic flooding, including in yards, adding, "I know Tinker’s Creek is going to be real high."
"We’re sort of in good shape, so long as the rain holds off," he said. "The ground is really saturated. It really can’t hold any more."
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