Once we decided it was safe to start home, we had to dodge flooded streets and huge trees down all over. The 4-lane highway thru the center of town was like a battle zone. We even had to drive up on the medium to get around the trees down across the road. And what huge trees they were! Root balls as big around as a car were pulled up like nothing. One aluminum building was picked up by the wind and tossed over a chain link fence and came down with bushes and limbs across the highway we were on.
Wires down all over, but only one I saw near my house had fire burning. The tree had been struck by lightening and split off a large limb that took down the power lines. The fire scorched the tree but then the wire was on the wet ground snapping and popping around with sparks. Scorched the ground, too, but the wet put the fire out.
A local fire equipment company had part of the roof torn off on the way to Mary's house. Her street had trees down on both side and several sets of wires down. The top of a huge pine tree in front of her house was snapped off like kindling and, thank God, was laying across the yard away from the house.
After I dropped Mary off at her house, I had to do a lot of backing up, turning around, and detouring to find streets open to get back to my house. We had 2 big limbs down across the driveway and some flashing torn off the peak of our roof on one side, but thankfully that was all. Two houses down from me a huge maple tree had been knocked down onto the roof of a house and another huge pine tree was down across the road. I watched the fire department, electric company, and city crew working til after dark struggling to get my street open because it is a county highway with lots of traffic. And traffic was backed up for hours with alternating the one small lane open while they worked.
We went Thursday and Friday without power, but again, luckily the tornados had cooled off the heat, so it wasn't in the 90's like it had been before the tornado came thru. We didn't get power back til after 9pm last night and I waited til today to fire up the computer.
But we're fine and that's what counts. Pretty much all cleaned up and DD's friend came today and put the flashing back on the roof peak that was torn off. Limbs are out on the edge of the street and yesterday I cleaned the porch and chairs and picked up twigs and tree debris from the back yard. Today my back is hurting so I am taking it easy so I will be ready for our quilt group's monthly get-together at the Fire Hall.
Here are pics of some of the damage around us.
|Elmira College Campus|
|Brick building partially demolished|
|YWCA and County Courthouse|
|Ernie Davis Statue standing surrounded by downed trees|
Building blown onto Clemens Center Pkwy
Thank God there was no loss of life here or in the other 2 communities where the tornado also hit.
Until next time...
Happy quilting from Sharon, Katie, and Patsy Cline