Community comes together to help with storm cleanup in Ontario County

Updated: 05/14/2014 11:11 PM
Created: 05/14/2014 10:55 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams

Ontario County was also hit hard by the storms. It was the wind that did the most damage there.

Chris Johnston says he had just walked into his mobile home when the storm hit. He says he used to drive tractor trailers for a living and made many trips through Tornado Alley, so he knew this was no ordinary storm.

Chris Johnston said, “The sky got purple, a little grey and then it came just like that.”

Johnston says he could feel the powerful wind lifting his home.  The quick storm left a trail of damage at the school. It flattened a small shed and damaged the roof of the building and leveled a large barn. People were still talking about it. 

Marc Schaertl said, “You couldn't see out of the window. There was so much wind and rain.”

When Mark Schaertl, who lives not too far away from Johnston, was able to see out the window, he saw a sight that frightened him. It was a lightning strike that took out several trees. One of those trees landed inside his neighbor’s house.

Schaertl said, “This tree in the cemetery came down over the trailer and faltered the roof in.” 

The trailer belongs to Schaertl’s elderly neighbor. Schaertl says the elderly man was shaken, but okay. On Wednesday, Schaertl and his brother removed the tree and covered the roof. If there is any good that could come out of the storm, it is the care and concern for fellow neighbors.

While there is still debris to clean up, in terms of damage to dwellings, quite a bit was repaired Wednesday.

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