June 24, 2010

Pekin Storm Damage

By Eric Shangraw

July 15, 2010 Updated Jun 24, 2010 at 6:39 PM CDT

Residents and city crews in Pekin are still picking up debris from Wednesday nights storm.

Eric Shangraw has a rundown of the damage.

Jagged splinters of a giant trunk are all that's left in tact of what was a fifty-foot tree at Charlotte and 11th in Pekin.

Doris Miles had come out to the front porch when it happened.

"We heard the tree across the street creaking and we knew it was an old tree so we were a little concerned. And we started to go back in and we heard it going so we stepped back out and we saw about half of the fall and it fell and took off the neighbors awning across the street but luckily didn't hurt the house at all," said Miles.

Pekin city crews were out Thursday afternoon trying to bring down other branches that were broke but not on the ground.

"There were two complete trees that came down and the rest were branches from small branches to sections of a complete tree. But only two full tress came down and one cause damage," said Pekin Public Works Director Joseph Wuellner.

A chain saw crews was using a crane and lift bucket to take apart the tree which severely damage a home.

The tree on Prince Street caused double damage. It fell against the house. But as it fell, its roots ripped out of the ground. They upset the foundation of the garage and then the garage collapsed.

Another tree fell onto a car in Pekin. but thankfully, no injuries reported from the storm.

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