South Bend residents cope with storm damage

Evidence of Sunday’s storms can be spotted throughout South Bend. Residents continue clean-up efforts to get their neighborhoods back to normal.

The sound of a chainsaw can be heard on Lisa Lacopo’s block in Gilmer Park as a crew works to remove all the branches that cover her front yard. A very large tree just missed her living room when it fell down Sunday.

“It’s been overwhelming to say the least,” Lacopo said.

Lacopo, who is expecting a baby, was with her daughter and husband inside the house Sunday.

“We were getting ready to go to the basement,” she said. “We grabbed our daughter and next thing you know the tree just fell.”

They heard the loud sound right outside their window, followed by more commotion in the backyard.

“Trees were falling as we went to the basement,” Lacopo said.

When Lacopo assessed the damage after the storm, she was very relieved.

“The living room is there and the bedroom is up there,” she said pointing to the area near where the tree crashed. “If it fell at another angle it would have been very dangerous.”

For now, the priority is making sure she has access to her car.

“Being that I am pregnant we are focusing on clearing out the driveway,” Lacopo said.

Over in River Park, crews were busy moving trees out of the street.

“They’ve got so many other ones that are down,” said Penny Rhoads, who had a tree fall right in front of her property. “They’re trying to get them out of the road.”

At 34th and Hastings, the winds did more than just send a tree plummeting to the ground.

“The wires came down and the fire came down Hastings,” Rhoads said.

As the tree limbs are pushed off and the streets are cleared, residents say they are just glad they made it through the storm alright.

“Nobody got hurt,” Rhoads said. “We are thankful for that.”

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