Strong storms lead to major tree cleanup in Cleveland neighborhoods
On Wednesday, a strong storm moved through the Cleveland area around 5:30 p.m.
It caused power outages along with damage by bringing down several trees.
The hardest hit areas were on the northwest and western sides of the city.
Most damage is in the form of downed trees in yards, but there were a couple of homes that had trees on the roof.
This storm was under a Significant Weather Advisory by the National Weather Service for winds in excess of 40 mph.
Radar estimates at the time indicated potential wind gusts at 58 mph as the storm approached the Cleveland.
Unfortunately, this area of Cleveland is the same part of town that was hard hit at the end of June by a severe storm.
For some residents, the storm from June caused more damage. For others, Wednesday evening's produced greater destruction.
"Personally for us, I think that this one is probably a little worse than it was a month ago. Our neighbor across the street had a lot of damage about a month ago in their backyard and this time, they have some in their front yard,” said Cleveland resident Ken Webb.
One home had a pine tree fall on the back of the house, busting part of the roof, gutter, and deck. The roof is now covered with tarps.
Fortunately, most residents did not have damage to their property, just a major mess in their yards.
"I had a big limb that came off of a maple tree in the backyard. I had a weeping willow that came up by the roots, and then I had two really large limbs that came off of two trees in the front yard," Webb explained.
Residents and professionals were out with chainsaws and rakes cleaning up throughout the day on Thursday.
For Cleveland Public Works, the job started Wednesday night once the storm passed.
"I believe nine calls last night where trees were down. We got down last night and cut them up. Got them out of the road, and then we started about 8:30 this morning, 8 or 8:30, coming through here. Each one of these neighborhoods, cleaning them up," Porky Davis from Cleveland Public Works said of their cleanup schedule.
Public works will continue to make the rounds, picking up debris piles and clearing trees.
Workers ask everyone to please remain patient as they make their way through all affected areas, especially those with more damage.
"Most places, just one or two trees, but this subdivision here, Mountain Brook, it's pretty bad in here - about every house," Davis explained about the scale of the damage.
Davis also added that if you are clearing trees from your yard. Please cut them into 6 to 7-foot sections and lay them all in the same direction by the road.
This will speed up the collection process by making it easier for their machinery.