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May 17, 2013

Cresson-area residents pick up pieces after storm

By CHRISTIN COYNE

CRESSON – Alexia Hartley had a funny feeling when it became calm outside and the skies turned green Wednesday evening.

Hartley and her family got into their truck and drove to the gas station in nearby Cresson.

Just minutes after they drove away, the family’s newly purchased mobile home on Adams Circle in Ponderosa Hills was destroyed, neighbors said.

When they returned an hour later, they found their house moved off the base and facing another direction in the yard. The standing porch and a few bricks were evidence of where the building formerly stood.

A crumpled metal roof hung off one end of the building and an uprooted tree lay on the ground near a gaping hole in the wall at the other end.

“It peeled [the roof] like a tuna can,” Hartley said.

Behind the home, lumber, intact storm doors, insulation and other pieces of the building lay scattered across the backyard. The kitchen was visible through a large hole in the wall.

The family gingerly walked through the remnants of the unstable building Thursday afternoon, collecting their clothing.

“Everything’s wet,” Hartley said.

Many other neighbors were outside Thursday afternoon dealing with damage to their own property, as well.

Cresson VFD Chief Joe Huffman said the fire department searched about four homes in the Ponderosa Hills neighborhood for anyone who might be trapped or injured but residents were found to be next door with neighbors.

He estimated that three to four homes had extensive damage and 10 to 12 others had moderate damage.

Everyone that had a house that was not livable whent to stay with relatives or neighbors, Huffman said. 

On Cartwright Road, Mary McNett stood outside her home Thursday as workers from Tri-County Electric Cooperative arrived to deal with downed power lines in her backyard.

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