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City officials: damage widespread in South Bend

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City officials say damage is pretty widespread in South Bend.

The Parks and Recreation Department says hundreds of trees came down in Tuesday morning's storms and city parks are hard-hit. Potawatomi Park is closed indefinitely while crews clear debris.

Homes in the River Park neighborhood were also hit hard. Joseph Trethewey says he was at work when two trees fell on his home. "I got a call from my neighbor saying two of my trees came down," he says.  Trethewey says luckily the trees didn't break through the roof, but he doesn't know the extent of the damage yet. He says, "I've got some roofing to do. Some support beams. I won't know until it's off I guess."

Bonnie Yarbrough lives nearby and saw the trees fall while she was seeking shelter in her basement. "I came and looked out the door and these two trees fell like they were paper. They were just gone. They just fell over like they were nothing. It was really scary," says Yarbrough. Luckily, she says, no one was hurt.

Parks and Recreation worked to remove the trees Tuesday afternoon. It will surely be a busy week for workers. "Keller Park, it's tremendous how many trees are down there. There are more trees down than up," says South Bend Public Works Director, Eric Horvath.

Deputy Mayor Mark Neal says, "Some people describe it as the worst they've seen in 20 years, so there's a lot to be cleaned up."

South Bend officials say the biggest priority is clearing debris from streets. They'll start with main arteries, then secondary streets, followed by residential neighborhoods.

In the meantime, the city is asking for patience and, "Help your neighbors if you can. If there's something they need that you can help them out, that would be greatly appreciated," says Neal.


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