Goshen: "Could take a month" to clean up

Early morning thunderstorms on Tuesday downed trees, power lines and utility poles. Officials said it could take weeks, if not a month, to clear everything up.

Representatives from the power company said it's too early to know exactly when power will be restored to all the customers in Goshen that lost power. Nearly 50,000 people county-wide awoke Tuesday morning to find their electricity off, that number slowly decreased as the day continued.

The glass windows of Martin's Sidedoor Deli on Bashor Rd. in Goshen were blown out during the storm.

Further down the road, where Bashor turns into Chicago Ave., crews from the Goshen Street Department were tirelessly working to clear the fallen trees and carefully remove utility poles and wires dangling across the road.

"Unfortunately it's like this all over. I don't have a particular area that's better than others," said head of the Goshen Street Department, Dennis Long.

The damage is isolated to primarily half of the town. Long said his crews put up at least eight or nine stop signs at major intersections that lost power.

"We're going to need a good month to clean this up," Long added.

The McMain family lives on Chicago Ave. and spent Tuesday morning rebuilding their outdoor dog patio and removing tree limbs from their front yard.

"It was like a nightmare," said Sheila McMain, "I felt like I was going to lay back down and this nightmare was going to be gone...but it wasn't."

McMain's daughter, Solena, was working the overnight shift at McDonalds when the storm blew through. She saw the lights flicker and tables blow away from the fast food joint.

When she returned home at 6:00 a.m. McMain said she was scared to see all the debris. By that time neighbors living near Chicago Ave. and Riverside Blvd. in Goshen were up and working hard to clean up the mess.

"Limbs everywhere," said Randy Woods. Woods lives on Riverside Blvd. and avoided major damage to his home. Feeling blessed, Woods went down to his neighbor's house to help cut up and remove two large trees that took down a fence and swimming pool.

Generosity and neighborly assistance was a common scene in parts of Goshen as homeowners took clearing the damage into their own hands.

Residents are asked to put tree limbs, branches and cut up trunks on th edge of their laws and not on the streets.


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