Clean-up crews expected to be busy all week, picking up after high winds

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Clean-up crews may have quite a lot of work for themselves the rest of this week, repairing damage left by this weekend’s high winds.

John Barton, of Austintown, said he sat down on his couch as soon as he arrived home Sunday night.

“I turned the TV on, grabbed the dog and ‘boom!’ That was it.”

Barton said “it” was a 120-year-old tree in his backyard, knocked over by the wind. It smashed into his own house and the one next door.

“I got, like, four rooms are messed up,” he said.

Scenes like this were being played out all around the area following the weekend’s fierce winds, which clocked at up to 60 mph. Trees and wires fell, and had to be cleared away.

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Even crews with the Mahoning County Engineer were kept busy.

Barton called Grasshopper Tree Service to cut up the old tree, haul the larger pieces away and chip the rest.

Owner Phil Miner said his team’s been busy.

“Oh, we got plenty. My phone’s been ringing.”

He said one of those jobs was an apartment building in Cornersburg on Sunday.

“I’m sure we’ll be swamped for the rest of the week with this as these storms keep rolling through.”

While Miner said all of this extra work is good for his bottom line, Barton sounded as though he’ll miss the old tree, which has been in his yard as long as he’s lived there.

“It was full of green leaves and everything this past summer. It was a beautiful tree,” Barton said.

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