Clean-Up Begins in Lynchburg after Wind Storm

Reporter: Parker Slaybaugh

Lynchburg - VA Parts of the City of Lynchburg can be described no other way other than devastated.

Dozens of houses were damaged by trees, and just a day after the storm blew threw, the clean-up began.

Bill Brown lives on Manton Drive in Lynchburg and says he and his family were home when a tree came crashing down on his house. Hours after the tree fell, crews began the reconstruction process.

Much was the same across town.

Roger Williams and his home on Murrell Road in Lynchburg suffered major damage.

"I heard a crash and then a giant boom, and then everything fell through, into the dining room," said Williams.

He says he was about to walk into his dining room when the tree came crashing through the dining room.

"The ceiling was caving in, and I thought it was going to crash, but it didn't," said Williams."

His neighbors, one street over, had damage to their cars.

"My heart is just like beating so fast, it all happened so suddenly," said Tamara Williams, whose car was damaged in the storm.

Williams' car was not the only vehicle in her family that was damaged, her daughter's vehicle faired much worse.

"Hers is totaled; it's just totaled under the tree. That was her sole transportation to and from school," said Williams.

Stories like these stretch all over the Hill City.

Beth Jones drove all the way from Wake Forest, North Carolina to begin the clean-up at her parents' house on Link Road.

"There's a limb sticking through right there," said Jones, as she pointed to a tree limb that crashed inside her house.

Her parents were moved to a hotel to escape the dust and heat that now fill their home. Jones credits the strong design of the house for saving her parents from serious injury.

"This house is well over a hundred years old, so they were built to last back then," said Jones.

Homes smashed, roads blocked, and thousands without power was the scene Saturday afternoon.

In situations like this, Police stress the importance of checking on any elderly neighbors.

An elderly couple was trapped inside a house off Link road for hours, until a tree removal service says they began clearing the debris and found the couple scared, but alive.

Police and fire officials also say to treat every downed power line as if it is hot. There are still a lot of downed trees and many trees have power lines tangled in them.

Appalachian Power says never remove debris that's within 10 feet of a downed power line. Its best to just be safe and wait for power crews to remove it.