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June 30, 2014

STORM UPDATE: Massive cleanup effort underway in Clinton

VIDEO: Severe wind damage leaves residents picking up the pieces

CLINTON — The scene along Fourth Avenue North looks like a disaster movie set. Large shards of scrap metal horseshoe tree trunks and light poles; large sections of lawn are bent 90 degrees at the base of overturned tree trunks; shards of glass and wood line the street; branches, twigs and leaves peppered throughout alleys and yards.

Carol Velasco, of 206 1/2 N Third Street, was among those who took the brunt of Sunday night's storm. A shed in her backyard was wiped out and her neighbors' fence decimated. She lost power, and by midday Monday, dozens of helping hands still hadn't made much of a dent clearing the debris.

"Just crazy stuff," Velasco said. "They had to cut the power to my house. All of my (electrical) meters were blown four feet off the side of my house."

GALLERY: Storm damage along North Third Street

Cleanup officials are still unaware the extent of the damage caused from the storm. Last night, winds exceeded 50 miles per hour, though meteorologists did not rule the cataclysm a tornado.

"We're going around making everything safe," said Ben Damgaard, an Alliant Energy electrician on the Third Street scene. "We're advising people who have damage to call an electrician."

The worst of the damage can be seen in the second through sixth blocks from Second Avenue South to Fifth Avenue North. There, downed wires and lost power is commonplace, and some residents feel that if it wasn't a tornado, last night sure felt like one.

"It doesn't look like strong winds," said Don Gibson, of 228 Third Avenue North. "It looks like a tornado because it's all over the place. It had to be pretty strong winds."


VIDEO: Residents react to severe storm damage

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