Cleaning Up For Second Straight Day

May 18, 2017 07:41 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The sounds of chainsaws and heavy equipment are echoing around the area after a second straight night of severe weather.

In the light of day, home and business owners and city officials were able to fully assess the damage.  That made Thursday a day of clean-up in Charles City, Iowa.


“Came up out of the basement and saw trees flying," homeowner Harry Bruns told ABC 6 while a crew worked to remove a tree that had split in his front yard.

"Probably ten, twelve trees on Main Street,” added Luke Harken of Skyline Tree Services, based in Riceville.

“You look around and you see limbs in various places," Bruns said.

"They said there were 75 mile an hour winds, so they were getting up there in speed and they were just knocking anything in its way right down to the ground," said Harken, who was in Charles City within minutes of the time the storm hit on Wednesday night.

All day, pickup trucks and trailers were lined up, waiting to get into what Charles City residents call “the tree dump”.  Harken was one of them.  "Now we're going back to take one off of a house, so that tells you right there it was pretty bad," he said.

"But it died down quite quickly, and we really didn't get the vast amount of rain," Bruns added. “But there's quite a few outages--power outages.  And we had flickers, but that was it."

But as bad as it was, it could have been worse.

“We’re alive and well," homeowner Harry Bruns said with a smile.


Dan Conradt

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