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Mar 19, 2012 8:13 PM by Matt Stafford

Clean up continues from heavy winds in Canon City

Heavy winds Sunday left residents in Canon city cleaning up on Monday.

"Just crazy; there's trees down all over town," says Shawn Poindexter; one of the bigger ones was knocked over in his yard on Greenwood.

"Roofs are missing shingles; it came through here and tore stuff up," says Poindexter.

News 5 sensors picked up wind gusts topping 60 miles an hour in Canon City Sunday night; some may have been stronger.

Poindexter says he's lived in Canon City for 30 years; he tells News 5 that Sunday night had the worst wind he's ever heard. A gas line tangled in the roots of the tree that was knocked over in his yard came out with it.

Poindexter and his son, Robert, saw the tree go over.

"That was extremely loud," says Robert. "We were freaking out; didn't know what was happening. We came outside and you could just smell it (gas), it was everywhere."

The Poindexters and their neighbors had to evacuate because of the broken gas line. Crews say everything is all clear now.

Just around the corner, near 5th and College, a large tree fell on the roof of a home; causing major damage. Neighbors say the two people inside got out okay.

City crews have been cleaning up ever since. They've seen damage all over the city.

"A lot of fences (knocked over) up north, mostly trees around here (west side of the city)," says Dan Lambrecht with Canon City Streets Dept.

Crews say they're focusing efforts there and to the north for now; they say it could take two or three days to get everything cleaned up.

 

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