Friday, June 28, 2013
It looks like just a bunch of branches at first. But underneath the pile of tree limbs in Lee Crawford's front yard on Alexander Drive in Haysville, is his daughter's car, crushed by the weight of the debris.
"She is devastated," Crawford said. "That's her life."
Crawford said his daughter, who is a nurse, watched from just inside the front door as the wind hurled one tree limb after another at the car.
She also watched as tree branches snapped off and damaged the family home's roof. Also damaged was a camper parked next to the house. In fact, Crawford says three of the family's four vehicles suffered significant damage.
He says they also found debris in their front yard from other homes. They found a small white cross, probably a roadside memorial marker, and they still don't have any idea where it came from.
By early Friday afternoon, Crawford had worked to pile the debris and branches just across the street from his home.
"(Now we) just try to recover, get the mess out of the way and see what damage is actually there," Crawford said.
His neighbors and people across Haysville were doing the same Friday.
Nearly every street in the city was lined with downed trees, piles of branches, and people scrambling to clean up and assess the damage. The sound of buzzing chainsaws drowned out almost all other noises.
The storm downed 17 power poles along 79th Street South between Meridian and Seneca. Partly due to that damage, many people in town still had no electricity Friday night.
The cleanup will be tougher for some homeowners than others.
Mike Beddow had a tree limb puncture a hole in his roof.
"(It) punctured the inside of the ceiling, the dry wall, and it started leaking water real bad," Beddow said.
In another neighborhood, Brent Carlson now has an entire tree on his house.
"(I'm) just trying to find the humor in it and just cope," Carlson said.
But the Crawfords and many people in town say they're optimistic.
They say neighbors are helping each other and city leaders say crews will be coming by on Monday to help collect debris.
"Cleanup and time to recover from the shock and all the different things that have to happen, it's a lot more intense that I think people would realize," Crawford said. "But I think we'll pull through. We have a real strong neighborhood. And everybody is working together to get it cleaned up. We'll rebuild from there and see what happens."