EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSNeighborhood in Tyler Mountain, Dunbar Area Cleaning Up After Storm
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Reported by: Katelyn Sykes
Videographer: Katelyn Sykes
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Katy Brown
Reported: Jul. 3, 2013 10:55 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 3, 2013 6:33 PM EDT
Dunbar , Kanawha County , West Virginia
People living in the Tyler Mountain and Dunbar area were cleaning up Wednesday morning after storms ripped up trees and caused some minor flooding Tuesday night.
Lamont Drive was one of the hardest hit areas. Diana Deshaver and her husband spent much of the morning cleaning up after three very large trees came crashing down onto her yard, barely missing her house.
"Boom. That was about it," she said. "You didn't hear it crack or anything -- just hit the ground."
Much of Lamont Drive remained a mess Wednesday morning after several trees came crashing down. Some of those trees landed on houses; others took down power lines.
"I told my husband a couple days ago with all this rain, trees are going to start coming up from the roots because the ground is so saturated it won't hold," Deshaver said. "And then, wham. There's a big mud hole underneath this tree."
Neighbor Carolyn Eastwood was still in a bit of shock.
"It's like wow," Eastwood said. "I can't believe this."
Eastwood said the storm sounded like a loud train barreling past her home. She didn't suffer any wind damage, but her back porch had several inches of water on it.
"It ruined the back porch," she said. "The neighbor's porches up here, trees on the houses, up the hill there, they got trees on the houses, up here they got trees on their trailers. It's pretty bad."
It was a fast moving storm that left its mark on this once quiet street that Wednesday was filled with the sounds of generators and chainsaws.
Randy Milam said he fared better than his neighbors.
"I was luckier than any of them," Milam said. "I had one tree that fell down in my backyard that I was planning on cutting down this summer anyway and just hadn't gotten to it yet. So I guess Mother Nature or the good Lord won and took care of it for me."
Appalachian Power was on scene Wednesday morning, surveying the storm damage. Power company officials said a large tree across Lamont Drive will have to be removed first before they can start working on the power lines. They didn't say how long that will take.
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