Updated: June 22, 2021 07:35 PM
Created: June 22, 2021 12:47 PM
Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of the McLaughlins' last name.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Power is still out for hundreds of customers across the area. According to RG&E, NYSEG, and National Grid, restoration times are all over the place. Meanwhile, cleanup crews have been busy all morning chopping up fallen trees and removing other debris caused by the storm.
News10NBC's Patrick Moussignac takes us to the ongoing cleanup effort on South Cross Trail — one of Perinton's hardest-hit areas.
The constant sound of a wood chipper grinding down chopped-up pieces of several trees into mulch is all you hear on this quiet street. Monday's storm also tore down thousands of branches that still litter backyards and driveways. Homeowners in the neighborhood say their power is still out, so many of them are spending their day also helping with the clean-up effort.
Bill McLaughlin and his wife can do nothing but watch. Their home and car were destroyed in the storm. They are not only thankful that no one was hurt but also give thanks to the tree service crews that came from all over the county to help.
"They've been working feverishly since they got here," McLaughlin said. "Obviously, there's a lot of damage. The tree is extremely large. There are two trees. They're extremely heavy, and they've had to remove it in pieces. They now have a bucket reaching into the house to try to pull sections of the tree out."
Hanna Gandell lives right around the corner.
"My house, our entire playground is destroyed, and two of our fences are down, but it's nothing compared to this house," Gandell said as she looked the McLaughlin's home.
Gandell also came to see the tree company crews working on Southcross Trail.
"I've seen just about every single tree company in Rochester in this neighborhood. To see all these responders to be able to act so quickly to help out our community is just like impressive," Gandell said.
Many, like Gandell, are trying to turn a bad situation into a positive experience.
"This is the first I guess extreme power outage since my dad passed away. It's been me, and my mom. So we're trying to figure out the generator, gave up, and then got some sushi, and ate it by candlelight, and waited for things to get better," Gandell said.
For now, the McLaughlins say their home is uninhabitable.
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