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River Park cleans up after Sunday's storm


Nancy Conrad sums up what she's seeing in two words.  "Good God," she says as she watches crews remove a giant tree from her badly damaged house.  "It's horrible.  I mean my whole life was in that house."

She rents the home that took the worst hit in the River Park Neighborhood during Sunday's storm.  It's located near the corner of 23rd and Vine. 

She can't go back in the home yet, not until fire officials say it's safe.  The dangerous work now is left to the workers willing to go all the way up to the top of the tree to cut it into manageable pieces.  "I just hope they're alright," she says. 

She fears her prized antiques left inside are probably gone for good.  "But my husband, my son and my daughter are out here and that's what I'm grateful for," she says. 

Other neighbors are grateful too, that the trees that fell in River Park didn't claim any lives. But they sure did leave a big mess.

We caught up with Kevin Dombrowski, a Superintendent with the South Bend Bureau of Sewers, as his crew was cleaning up streets in River Park.  He estimates about 1,000 tress fell in South Bend as a result of the strong winds Sunday.    

He says it's hard to say right now how long it will take to clear everything.  "We're doing everything efficiently and as safely as possible.  It's really hard to say," he says. 

Once crews get the trees and branches cleared from the streets they'll drive the sweeper through River Park. 

It won't be as easy for Nancy Conrad to sweep up an move on.  She's still missing two cats who were inside when the storm rolled through, and the only possessions she has access to are literally the clothes on her back.  We asked her what she plans to do next.  "I don't know," she says.  "We'll look for a new place to live, try to get what we can salvage and start over again."

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