Updated 07/30/2012 07:26 PM
Montrose residents clean up tornado damage
It's been several days since a tornado touched down near Montrose. But many residents in that area are still cleaning up the damage. Our Melissa Kakareka tells us what kind of progress they are making.
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MONTROSE, Pa. -- The roads have reopened in Montrose. Power has been restored to almost everyone who lost electricity. And the Red Cross's shelter has been closed since Saturday night. But for many residents, there's still plenty of damage leftover from last Thursday's EF1 tornado.
"We had hundreds of trees that were taken down by winds. Fortunately, the house was saved and the barn was saved, we have very little damage on the roof of the house and that’s it, but have lost, calculating over 100 trees," said Montrose resident Sonji Lee.
"It looks like a mess, tress are down everywhere, branches are down, trees everywhere," said Montrose resident Lesli Sharenow.
Homeowners were still trying to clear trees and debris from their yards and driveways on Monday.
"Basically just cutting it all up, chipping to haul it out, that makes it easier. We got damage on the shed. It went through the roof and on the Jeep, biggest thing is cleaning it up and getting it out of here," said Montrose resident Brian Parkhurst.
Luckily, it’s an effort that many people haven't had to take care of alone. Residents say they are making progress due to help of their neighbors and relatives who have volunteered their time.
"This is a wonderful neighborhood. We have friends and family that are amazing and very helpful. We've had neighbors stop, we have neighbors and family having lunch in there right now that have been here since 9 o'clock this morning and it’s been every day that somebody has showed up to help us," said Lee.
"Moments after it happened [my neighbor] came down and immediately offered assistance as did his friend Mike and said we'll be back so it’s been wonderful I can't do it alone," said Sharenow.
Still, many of those affected say it will take time to finish cleaning up the damage.