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Cleanup Continues After Weekend Wind Brings Destruction in Riverdale

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Deb Stoudt of Riverdale stands where a trailer once was anchored to the ground. The structure was blown into her yard (Photo: Evan Koslof) Deb Stoudt of Riverdale stands where a trailer once was anchored to the ground. The structure was blown into her yard (Photo: Evan Koslof)
Trailer was overturned, and sitting on its roof on Monday morning (Photo: Evan Koslof) Trailer was overturned, and sitting on its roof on Monday morning (Photo: Evan Koslof)
A tree fell on the home of Cindy Robinson and her husband during the Sunday storm (Source: Evan Koslof) A tree fell on the home of Cindy Robinson and her husband during the Sunday storm (Source: Evan Koslof)

RIVERDALE, Del. - To see the extent of the damage caused by Sunday morning's heavy winds, you need to look no further than the home of Cindy Robinson. The gusts, which reached as high as 60 mph, chipped away at a nearby tree, and sent it directly on top of her home. 

"It's a mess from the other night actually," she said Monday morning. "I went to bed around 12:30 and about a minute later I heard the wind change. And then a big loud boom. And I shook my husband awake and said something just fell on the house." 

Robinson said insurance agents came to the home on Monday to assess the damage, although the tree still stood on top of the roof. She said she was just glad nobody was injured. 

"It could have been worse," she said. "If it just fell another way, it would have been right down the middle of the roof."

Down the road there was a similar scene of destruction, as a trailer was overturned by the winds. 

"This is where the neighbor's trailer was," said Deb Stoudt, surrounded by debris. "It was in here completely straight. And now it's over there in my yard." 

The trailer, which fortunately had nobody inside, was stripped from the ground, despite being anchored down, and flipped over onto it's roof. 

"I have never heard anything like it," said Stoudt. "And the house was shaking... It was probably the scariest thing I ever went through."

Neighbor Harry Allen was walking his dog by a shredded tree that fell on the side of Chippewa Avenue. 

"Mother nature is unpredictable," he said. "If it could happen here, it can happen anywhere."

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