Assessing Sunday's storm damage

The confirmed tornado leaving dozens of homeowners without power, vehicles or even a roof over their heads.  Many people counting their blessings today as they walk not even a block away, seeing downed trees, crushed power lines and cars...

Kang Garnic has a pretty positive attitude, considering half of his roof has been ripped from his house.  "No one was home at the time so it was the best situation you could possibly ask for with that".  The tree in his front yard cracked in the storm.  "The top part cropped off with all the winds.  It was hollow and rotted, unfortunately."

Garnic lives on West 36th Street, just east of Washington Avenue, one of the worst-hit sections of the city at the tail end of the tornado's path.  The city used a drone, loaned by Erie Insurance, to check out the damage from a different point of view.  

Andy Zimmerman, Code Enforcement Manager, says, "instead of going from house to house to house, we can fly over and take a look and go check out the houses that received damage".

Meantime, in Millcreek, the Emergency Management Team declares a disaster as the National Weather Service confirms the tornado started in the area.  Clean-up will be ongoing for days in the area around Montessori Charter School to Legion Road.  Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator, Brian Mesaros, says, "as we go out we are looking at the types of damage... Is it structural... we will be taking a look at all of that ".

Zimmerman says two houses sustained structural damage, one garage will need to be demolished and there are a lot of rooftops with loose and missing shingles that will need patching.  Millcreek Emergency Management has announced for those without power, the Red Cross on Pittsburgh Avenue will be opening up a shelter tonight starting at six.


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