Tony Ellis had to chop his way out. When the storm rolled through he had been driving on 72nd street north of highway 36 in northern Douglas County.
Trees fell in front, behind and then on his pickup as he sat behind the steering wheel. Ellis said, “Just leafs then all of a sudden boom. My windshield is all busted in.”
Ellis escaped injury and so did two other drivers on north 72nd. Huge Cottonwoods crashed down across the two lane paved road.
An Irvington rescue squad couldn’t get in to check them out. So the drivers had to walk about 200 yards to the ambulance. The smell of smoke from downed power lines forced firefighters and Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies to clear out until OPPD crews could
Cut off the electrical danger.
Only then could fallen trees and damaged vehicles be removed.
The storm uprooted memories for Terri Garner. A tall pine and another
mature tree both toppled but neither hit her home.
Garner said, "Oh my god its horrible. We got married under those trees. It was like a little arch and now they're gone."