Neighborhood Comes Together To Clean Storm Damage


David Orchard didn't know when he went into work Monday morning, June 24th, he'd be leaving early because of the weather.

"I was at work it got real dark, the wind picked up, I got a call from my better half, she said that we had lost some limbs," said David Orchard.

The tall silver maple that stands in his yard lost four of it's main branches. They were ripped down in the storm.

By the time I got here, this tree was about halfway out into the intersection, the city was nice enough to come here and scoop it up onto the side," said Orchard.

As Orchard began to work on the large task of cleaning up the debris,
this would be one man job turned into a neighborhood effort.

Next door neighbor, Mason Ebner, 16, and his band of young friends picked up rakes and joined in. Instead of playing basketball during their summer vacation, the boys made the decision to help someone in need. Slowly, their sweat and determination paid off and in just six hours the tree was chopped and stacked on the side of the road.

"Just started helping, and then everyone else started helping when they got done with their yards," said Mason Ebner, next door neighbor.

Ebner said he couldn't imagine not helping out someone in need.

"I don't know I just like helping people sometimes," said Ebner.

Orchard said that is just the way the Trendwood neighborhood is, neighbors helping neighbors.

"Neighbor over there, that neighbor, those neighbors, those neighbors, and some guy I have never met before in my life, I have no idea where he lives, just came by asked if we needed a chainsaw, jumped out and started helping," said Orchard.


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