Crews in Salem, Green Twp. work through aftermath of severe weather

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(WKBN) – It could take weeks or even months to clean up the damage from Sunday’s severe weather. From downed trees to high water, many communities were hit hard.

Although Leisa Kirtley and her husband knew a number of old trees fell during the thunderstorm, one, in particular, caused the worst damage, smashing into the front of their antique shop in Green Township.

“You can see on the roofline, you can see right into the upstairs. All the upstairs floor joists, from the back half forward, are hanging,” Kirtley said.

Throughout the area, remnants of the storm and its impact could be seen, from malfunctioning traffic signals at major intersections to trees toppling on top of homes.

Green Township’s fire department handled 17 calls Sunday night.

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In Salem, cleanup crews say their phones have been ringing non-stop and residents say the storm came through quickly.

“You couldn’t see but a few feet out the window. Stuff was blowing, it was like I’ve never seen before… hail. Locked the window, we all ran for the basement,” said Dave Dufresne, of Salem.

While the pea-sized hail was still in piles along the street Monday morning, the rains on Sunday flooded the street.

“Yeah… river, real quick, quickest I’ve ever seen in my life,” Dufresne said.

In the meantime, the Kirtleys say repairs could take months, but they admit it could have been much worse.

“I had no customers in at the time or we weren’t in there, my grandchildren, my granddaughter gets off the bus here,” Kirtley said.

Now, the cleanup begins.

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