Damaging winds tear through North Liberty

Most of North Liberty was without power Saturday after two strong thunderstorms hit.

Al Heim was at the Potato Creek Strawberry Festival when the first storm rolled through. When he returned home he noticed several tree limbs had fallen in front of his home and blocked the street.

"I thought wow. I lost part of a tree. I didn't get too excited. It's one of those things that happens. It surprised me some," said Heim.

Several neighbors gathered to help clear the road and chop up the tree.

"I decided what better time to use my chain saw, so I decided to go around and help a lot of the people try to clean up a bit," said Scott Morgan, who stopped by to help.

Morgan lives a few blocks away and drove around to find damage and help clear debris.

"It makes me feel good. It really does I like helping out when I can because who knows it may come my way some day," said Morgan.

Heim was grateful for the help from his neighbors and that he didn't have to wait until Monday for the city to clear the street.

"I'd say there's some pretty good people in this community that would just stop and help you out using their equipment and it's beyond me because I never expected it," said Heim. "How can you repay these guys? How can you repay people like that? They just stop and saw it needed to be cut up and cleaned up. What are you going to do? How can you pay them? They're just super people."

Meanwhile downtown, vendors at the Strawberry Festival had to clean up after the storm toppled several tents.

NIPSCO crews also worked to clear a tree limb that fell on a power line in the 100-block of Wolf St.

Power was restored to most residents by midnight.


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