Clean Up Begins In Canton

Storm leaves mess in it's path

By Lindsay Wilcox
|  Thursday, Jan 21, 2010  |  Updated 11:46 AM CDT
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Chopper 5 flies over homes damaged in Wednesday afternoon's storms.

Chopper 5 flies over homes damaged in Wednesday afternoon's storms.

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It was a busy day for folks in the path of yesterday's storms.

"They told us to get all the chainsaws and backhoes and go to the Wynne Community in Canton," says Ken Wigginton, Van Zandt County Road Crew.
 
He and his coworkers spent the morning clearing debris from the roads in the Wynne Community, one of the worst hit residential sections in Canton.

People who live here say the storm seemed to come out of nowhere.

"Everything was just going around in circles, and I didn't know what to think. I just told them to get in the closet," said Courtney Rogers, homeowner.

CiCi Adams lost part of her roof.

"We were probably in the closet for like five minutes, and when my husband stepped out, all we heard was like, 'Woah!," said  Adams. "We got out there, and we could see daylight from the inside of the house and the roof off the garage was completely gone."

It ripped the siding from Norma Nelson's home leaving a gaping hole in the attic. It also moved her daughter's playhouse, a recent birthday gift, right off its foundation.
 
"She was crying. I said, 'Don't worry about the house. Just thank God we're fine,'" said Nelson.

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