Dozens of trees down, Oneida in clean-up mode after storms

Dozens of trees came down in Oneida during Tuesday's storms. 9-3-14

(WBIR-Oneida) Residents in Oneida spent Wednesday cleaning up damage from storms that snapped dozens of trees and knocked out power to some of the area.

A lot of the damage was spotted along Marcumtown Road, where families were busy raking up branches and chopping up wood from fallen trees.

"The lights started dimming, my double oven started popping and cracking. We could smell something was burning and we wanted to make sure the house wasn't on fire," said Mary Terry, who was home with several family members, including her husband, who is in a wheelchair. "The t.v. was smoking, so they took it outside and we all are ok."

An uprooted tree created a massive hole in their front yard near the road, where Terry had the help of friends and family to chop up the wood.

"Crews had to cut trees out of the road to get past our house," said Terry. "We won't know how much damage was done to our house until they get the electricity back on and test all of our lines."

A few miles away, a local pastor counted seven snapped oak trees at his home, one probably 60-feet tall that fell onto the ground.

"We didn't lose power, surprisingly," said Keith Marcum, who also owns a cabin down the road. "We can't drive to the cabin today. We've got probably 40 to 50 large oak trees that are snapped in two, blocking the road."

Marcum walked down to his cabin to find the front and back porch torn off and the roof smashed in.

"We're thinking anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000 in damage," said Marcum. "Tomorrow we'll start the process of cutting the logs out so we can get in to it, and really assess the damage at that point."

The Scott County Road Department said most of the work was left up to residents, since only roughly 10 trees fell onto the roadways.

"Not too bad, thankfully," said officials. "There were a few trees onto homes, but we got most of our work done."

Terry said in 1974, a tornado touched down just a couple of miles from her property.

"We're very blessed. It could have been much worse," said Terry.


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