By Elspeth Mizner
DUNKIRK, NY (Erie News Now) – Residents in Dunkirk, New York woke up to storm damage on Monday due to the heavy winds and rains on Sunday night.
East Lakeshore Road was closed after crews spent all night and morning working to cut down trees and restore power
Carol Portman, a Dunkirk resident who has lived in her home since the 1970’s said, “As fast as it came, as loud and hard, it came down”.
Like many of her neighbors, Portman experienced damage from the storms on Sunday.
“On the side of my home, on the opposite side of the street, where the trees came down, a maple tree was hit, a branch was hit”, said Portman.
While the damage to her home was minimal, her neighbor’s home sustained the brunt of the damage. “Unfortunately, the man has only been there since May of this year”, said Portman.
A large tree fell on a man’s home in the middle of the night. The homeowner said he was able to get out, along with his pets and spend the night in Buffalo.
That tree among others also hit telephone poles and power lines which caused the street to lose power starting Sunday night.
The homeowner said as a new day begins, so does the clean up and figuring out how to salvage what’s left of his home.
Dave Bertola, a spokesperson for National Grid said they had crews working throughout the night and into Monday.
He said power was expected to return by afternoon or early evening on Monday.