Crews clean up damage after severe storm passes through Michiana


High winds and rain ripped through much of the area overnight, taking down tree limbs and damaging some homes and buildings, and now the cleanup begins.

Crews arrived at the corner of Main and 8th Street in Mishawaka ready for a workout.

“They have been here all day, about 8:30 a.m.,” says building owner Timothy Johnson.

That's because their job Thursday was to clean up all of the fallen bricks.

“Probably 11,000,” Johnson continues.

It all happened Wednesday night when damaging winds and heavy rain came through Michiana.

Just down the street at Main Street and Mishawaka Avenue, the severe weather peeled back two thirds of JPD Controls roof.

“A big gust of wind picked up and we heard and loud cracking noise and we looked up. We saw the roof just basically lift right up off the building; it came across and took off the top of that tree over there, “says Michiana resident, Sean Sink.

Back on Main Street and 8th Street, the weather ripped down half of the bricks on one of its walls.

The owner of the building says he is just staying positive and getting things fixed up.

“We flip about 100 houses a year in the Michiana area, so my partners and I, we go through and I mean, so this is nothing uncommon. If it happens, you know what I mean, we got, we call the insurance company let them do that. We got code, came out and showed us what we needed to do and we just get it done,” Johnson continues.

Luckily, this building was empty because Johnson is renovating it. In fact, just last month, they gutted everything inside, but he admits that he wasn't planning on doing anything to the outside.

“Obviously, we didn't think we had to do anything to the outside of it, you know what I mean, so, but now we will just come back and we will get it re-bricked up and get it all fixed,” says Johnson.

Johnson believes the bricks will be back up in about a month and the building remodeled by mid-September.


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