Cleanup in Delaware County after strong storm

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The clean-up continues in Delaware County after powerful storms Monday night knocked down trees and damaged properties. (WPVI)

The clean-up continues in Delaware County after powerful storms Monday night knocked down trees and damaged properties.

Instead of chirping birds and the occasional sound of a lawn mower, many in Havertown woke up to saws, leaf blowers and wood chippers.

"Workload is probably about three times what it normally it is at least for our territory here in Havertown," tree trimmer Joe McGowan said.

Many were hard at work picking up and making the best of what Mother Nature left behind.

"It was brutal. It was ten minutes maybe fifteen tops of like the most intense winds and rain I've seen in a long, long time," Swiss Farms employee Andrew Tustin said.

Straight line winds brought down the old Swiss Farms silo along Eagle Road.


"It was just iconic, you always drop by the Swiss farms silo, that's how you knew where you were," Tustin said.

Longtime customers were stunned to see just a slab of concrete where the structure once stood.

"When it came down yesterday I saw that I couldn't believe it," Giacomo Gaglaildi of Broomall, Pa. said.

A massive tree down the road was no match for the strong gusts.

"I was sick. I felt so bad because I grew up here from a child and that tree was always there," Marcella Hand of Havertown, Pa. said.

Just as special and also damaged is Bill Wick's Ford Explorer.

"My wife called me and she told me the tree crushed the car," Wick said.

Though the storms left Wick and his family unharmed it did leave him with the sting of regret as he said he's been thinking about taking that tree down for a while.

"Hindsight is 20/20, right?" Wick said.
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