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'It was terrifying,' Salt Lake resident begins cleanup after extensive damage from windstorm

Posted at 9:12 PM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 23:12:04-04

SALT LAKE CITY — After hurricane force winds died down, cleanup and repairs begin after extensive damage in Northern Utah.

“It was terrifying,” said Aimee Ettel.

Ettel remembers the precise moment when a 50 foot tree came down next to her during strong winds Tuesday.

“I look up and it’s falling. I had to run down the driveway. All I could do was stand there and watch it fall on the house,” Ettel said.

The tree caused extensive damage to the roof and structure of her friend’s home in the Avenues. It is among countless properties from Logan to Sandy needing repairs after the storm.

“It was terrifying because you don’t know what the extent of the damage is. Is another tree going to come down,” Ettel said.

The tree slid down a corner of the century-old home, cracking the roof. A contractor put up support beams but was unable to do much more Wednesday.

“There was large branch that was out over the street here and you can see it was hallow because of the beehive and just dropped right there and got that car,” Doug Oliver said.

Branches that hit two cars still block half the road. The tow truck to remove them is running at least nine-hours behind.

“They didn’t show up,” said Oliver. “They said they’d be here at eight this morning.”

Governor Gary Herbert said the state is still accessing how much damage was caused by Tuesday’s storm.