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Jan 20, 2010 7:57 PM by Danielle Lerner

Storm snaps trees, cuts power in Cambria

Cambria was one of the hardest hit areas on the Central Coast.

Some of the damage is simply incredible, but even more incredible is that nobody was hurt.

San Luis Obispo County crews worked to clean up some close calls as tree trunks blocked access on Burton Drive.

One tree uprooted and toppled over, nearly splitting a house in half.

"Thank God they weren't here today," said neighbor Karen Pearson.

Pearson says the owners live in Long Beach, but in Cambria the sounds of falling trees are all too familiar.

"You start hearing all this crunchy, cracking thing and you look around to make sure you're not going to get hit," said Pearson.

Just a few houses down, another close call and another damaged roof.

"She heard a thump, looked up and the ceiling was cracked above her head," said homeowner Dennis Ortenburger, who rents the property to a tenant. "They make a rumble and a crack and then of course you can hear the 'woosh' of the tree coming down, it's pretty scary."

It was a similar scene on other streets, downed trees snagged power lines and smashed cars and trucks.

Trees were not the only problem, at one point the rain was coming down so hard it turned roadways into rivers.

Not even a downpour could keep crews from clearing roads and removing debris.

Work that will surely continue long after this week's storms.

"We'll just live through it that's what we keep doing every time this happens," said Pearson.

As if the trees and flooding were not enough, most of the area was also without power for most of the day.


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