The cleanup continues: Day 2 for clearing away the damage

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Terrible and destructive storms rolled through Michiana late Monday night and into Tuesday morning, leaving many homeowners stuck with piles of debris to pick up.

Crews from local street and public works departments have been busy clearing fallen trees from the roads to make them passable, but downed trees and branches on individual properties are up to the property owners to dispose of.

Kathy Borgman and her 95 year old mother live in a ranch-style home on South Bend's Riverside Dr.

She spent the day Wednesday waiting for professional estimates on tree removal.

"I know they're very busy, but I told them we have trees on our house and we have to get them off as soon as possible--our insurance company said it's important to get them off quickly," said Borgman.

Tuesday morning Borgman and her mother were on their way to seek shelter in their home's bathroom when they heard a loud cracking noise.

Hours later they learned several trees fell on the roof and many more snapped and fell on the front lawn.

The Borgmans are among the thousands of residents without electricity, and subsequently no well water or phone service.

"I've never seen so much devastation," Borgman added.

Farther south on Riverside Dr. in South Bend Keller Park is marked by "closed" signs.

Workers from the power company were on site taking care of downed power lines and working on cutting down and hauling out damaged trees.

A number of other South Bend parks are closed due to damage. Potawatomi Park is closed, but the zoo opened Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. The Band Shell Concert Series on Sunday was cancelled as were pavilion rentals through Sunday, July 6.

Howard Park and its Recreation Center are also closed until Monday, July 7. Muessel Grove Park and Keller Park and their summer lunch programs will be closed until further notice.

The city's Parks and Recreation Dept. are advising residents not to use the Riverside Trails, adding that conditions on the Riverside Drive Trail in particular are hazardous.

Jefferson Intermediate School's signature cupola was knocked down by strong wind gusts.

Maintenance workers found the dome-like structure in the school's back courtyard. Further examination of the building revealed the cupola crashed onto the roof before plummeting to the ground.

A historic landmark, built in 1931 on the site of the first school in South Bend, the construction of a new cupola has to be approved by the South Bend Historical Society.

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