Columbus loses more than 200 trees in tornado

The city of Columbus lost more than 200 trees when the tornado roared through 13 Street and historic neighborhoods along the corridor.

“It will take years to come back,” Scott Jones, chief of Urban Forestry and Beautification for the city of Columbus, said of the trees. “We are on the right track. There were a lot of trees down.”

City crews are wrapping up the cleanup in Dinglewood Park, grinding stumps and moving debris. Jones said 100-year old trees were lost during the April 19 storm that struck Lakebottom Park, Wynnton Road and MidTown.

The storm came weeks after the city and Trees Columbus Inc., a nonprofit organization, planted trees in Lakebottom and Dinglewood parks “This spring, we planted 50-75 trees in there,” Jones said.