Jan 23, 2010 7:38 PM by Danielle Lerner

Cleanup efforts underway in Cambria

This week's storms left plenty of damage behind in Cambria.

People there were busy Saturday cleaning up the mess, and that is no easy task.

From downed trees, to massive power outages, it was one of the hardest hit areas on the Central Coast.

Chainsaws continue to be the tools of choice for cleanup crews on the ground and in the air.

This week's storms may have passed but their force is still fresh in residents' minds.

"There was no electricity, bushes were blowing out everywhere," said Rachel Rogall, who lives in Cambria. "I mean I looked out, a metal flagpole was bent all the way down."

The strong winds and heavy rains toppled trees onto cars and homes.

Tigg Morales may need a new barbeque but she is happy to still have her deck.

A 100-foot tree snapped in her backyard.

"It was like we were inside a Christmas tree, it was amazing you couldn't look out any window , any door all it was was green pines and pine cones and it was kind of scary," Morales said. "They had to basically cut it into three parts and lift it up and over the house."

Meanwhile roofers were hard at work on Joni Kemp's house Saturday after a giant tree fell through the ceiling, nearly crushing her husband.

"I hear this crash and then all of a sudden the roof starts coming down and it's coming down on Jack," said Kemp. "There were tiles, there was insulation, there was debris."

So even as crews continue clearing roads and removing debris, residents say they still can't imagine living anywhere else.

"I still love it," said Kemp. "I'll tell you the truth I miss that my forest when I look out the window is gone."

Despite all that damage there were no reports of injuries.


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