A Community Bands Together After The Storm

By Maureen Mespell

June 29, 2012 Updated Jun 29, 2012 at 10:37 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- Indiana's NewsCenter sent a crew to Lake Avene and Loree Street where they saw a community come together to tackle a tremendous obstacle.

Resident Nicole Stewart says, "It got real calm. And then, it was like through the trees by the river, it just whipped. I mean everything was flying."

And that wind, tearing down Lake Avenue, was strong enough according to a witness, that it caused a tree to explode. He said he thought it sounded like a bomb.

Amid chaos and uncertainty, when the rain and winds left, the scene was something completely different.

Resident Terry DeWeese says, "We just basically built a team and started clearing the streets from my home, all the way to the Columbia Street Bridge. And then these people here, we noticed that this big tree here was down. We got men with chainsaws so we just decided to come over here and start cutting away at it."

The only real tragedy that appears to be is a fallen light pole and a fallen tree. One thing that we can take away is that all neighbors here say they've been given an opportunity-- a blessing in disguise-- to meet the people that they live and work next to everyday.

Stewart says,"It's absolutely awesome. It's amazing to see a community come together. I've actually met my neighbors. We've all met each other and we all pulled together to save people, to try to help people."

Whether they were stacking limbs, raking, sweeping even yanking the beast of a tree trunk with a bobcat and suburban, it was clear that restoring the part of Fort Wayne was important to these men and women. Something they did in just a couple of hours.

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