Daycare Van Crushed By Tree Limb

A Benson daycare is looking for a new van after a large limb crushed it during Monday morning's storm.

“It was very scare for me,” said Pat Bridgeman, director of Love Kids Childcare at 62nd and Miami. “I had people call me. I've had my kids call me.”

Bridgeman had just parked this van in front of the day care and run to the door when the limb came crashing down.

“I'm banging on the door trying to get in because it's just out of nowhere. It's raining, thundering. As soon as I walk in the building I turn around and down came the tree on the van,” Bridgeman said.

There were no children in the van at the time, and no one was injured. But the day care is looking for a new van to get them by until insurance pays for a new one.

Three blocks to the west, another large part of a tree came down on Travis and Sheila Kirsch's house. Travis was home when the storm went through.

“The lights were flickering. And I could hear the rain, so I started to shut down my computer. I don't know if it was a coincidence. Right as the power went off, the house shook really bad. I thought it was a tornado.”

Inside upstairs cracks from the structural damage are apparent. The insurance company has already been called.

There were similar stories all over midtown Omaha. An entire tree was uprooted along 47th St. just south of Center. A few blocks away city crews pick up branches blocking Twin Ridge Blvd.

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