Lebanon Reporter

May 22, 2013

Storm damages homes, downs trees

By Rod Rose
Assistant Managing Editor

Lebanon — At least two Lebanon homes were struck by falling trees Tuesday morning in a storm that also knocked out power to hundreds of Zionsville-area residents.

“We noticed more limbs down in the northwest section of town,” Lebanon Street Department Superintendent Larry Lee said. The heaviest damage appeared to from Lebanon Street to Garfield Street and Camp Street to Chicago Street, where four large trees were down, he said.

Many tree peonies —  shrubs that grow up to five feet high — in the Chadwick, Golfside, Countryside and Park Place subdivisions were also destroyed. “Those things have been taken like crazy,” Lee said.

Excluding branches and limbs carried away by trucks, more than 72 cubic yards of debris — equivalent to about 4.5 dump trucks — had been fed through the department’s chipper machine by 3:30 p.m., about 12 hours after the storm hit, Lee said.

“We’re not even halfway through the city,” he said. Strong winds overnight could topple more trees that were weakened in Tuesday’s storm, he said.

“Today, we cleaned up trees that were falling into the streets, and assisted about 11 property owners who had trees that fell in their yards and next to their house,” Lee said.

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