Valley Cleans Up after Storm

October 14, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Wednesday's sunny skies provided a good backdrop for crews to clean up from Tuesday's storm.Tuesday's winds turned out to cause the most problems. Even though we received a lot of ran in a short amount of time, Fresno city crews reported no major flooding just a lot of debris scattered in yards and streets.

An industrial sized wood chipper reduced what was once a 30-year-old tree to mulch. City workers cleaned Lillian Beyelia's yard in Northeast Fresno after the tree came crashing down. Beyelia said, "At about 11 o'clock last night, I heard a big crash. I looked out my window and that's all I said, the tree in the yard."

Sunny skies gave Fresno cleanup crews the opportunity to clear debris from Tuesday's storm. While drenching rain came down, howling winds toppled a lot of trees. Brian Russell manages Fresno's street maintenance department. Russell said, "With this storm event and the winds that were involved with it, we had quiet a few more calls than we normally do get during the summer time."

You can also expect more pot holes. Crews drove around throughout the day and filled the holes they came across. At the height of Tuesday's storm, more than 7,000 PG&E customers were without power.

Albert Sanchez considers himself lucky. Limbs fell to the ground where Sanchez normally parks his car. He moved it before the stormy weather. Sanchez said, "That's not the first time it's happened before. You know how these trees are. Last night, we did have a dozy here. Like I said, I've seen worse."

PG&E reports less than 100 customers in Fresno County are without power Wednesday. That number is expected to dwindle as the evening continues.

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