CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich., (WXYZ) - For many in our area this Fourth of July will be spent cleaning up in the wake of the severe weather that moved through our area Tuesday evening.
Chesterfield Township was hit particularly hard. Almost as soon as the sun came up, people were back outside, helping one another assess the damage.
“It was nice to see all the people out here trying to clean the street up, so I think it brought people together.”
Greg Robinson is looking at the bright side now, but last night at about 5:30 he say he was in utter disbelief as he watched the sky turn black.
“I seen a tree on the back side of my deck go into another one and I knew I had to take cover and I ran down in the basement. ”
The neighborhood looks as though a tornado came through. Healthy decades old trees uprooted like saplings Or otherwise snapped in half like twigs. But even with all the destruction around his house, Greg says he was fortunate.
“We got some siding off and that's about it. ”
His neighbor Bob Adamit wasn't as lucky.
“By the time I closed the back door, ran 60 feet to the front door, everything was like this.”
His yard is every bit as littered with future fire wood as nearly everyone else's on the block. But on top of that, he's got a tree coming through his roof. His insurance adjuster has already paid him a visit.
“They say eight to 10 thousand maybe, with all the tree removal and structural damage to the house.”
But at least he's able to stay in his home while the work is done. A nearby mobile home was declared uninhabitable after several trees fell on it. On top of that, the back window of the car is missing because a tree limb went through it.
It will take a lot of work to get chesterfield township back to the way it was but Greg Robinson is confident it will happen.
“We come together. This is the United States of America.”
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