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Overnight Storms Cause Major Tree Damage in Cherryvale, KS

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CHERRYVALE, KANSAS -

Cherryvale residents woke up to quite the mess after storms ripped through the Four States overnight.

"We were just sitting around minding our own business and the storm kind of came out of nowhere,” says resident James Thomson.

Trees snapped in half, some landing on houses, and taking power lines with them.

Westar Energy crews worked to restore electricity as public works crews led the clean-up effort on the ground.

Public Works Director Wade Webber says they haven't seen this much storm damage in years.

“We got about 3 1/2 inches of rain in a pretty short time and lightning and thunder just came through. And wind was blowing really hard, took a lot of trees out and tore some buildings and stuff up,” Webber says.

Neighbors helped neighbors to clean up debris and lug down trees down to the drop off center.

"There's like big branches, like huge branches, and they were just strung across our yard and it was really hard to pack 'em up in the truck. And I made five or six rounds up here earlier, just all by myself, unloading and packing up,” says fourteen-year-old Lexi Latta.

Most of the people I spoke with said the timing of the storm is what caught them most off guard. With fall only a month away they expected to be out of the woods by now.

"I thought ‘Wow we're through with this now, we'll probably have a little bit cooler weather until late autumn.’ But that's what struck me. I thought 'No it's too late in the year, what is this?’" says Cherryvale Resident Barry Edwards.

Latta says, "I didn't expect it. Because normally these happen during the fall, these kind of storms, because it was bad. I did not expect it at all."

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