Winds Whip Through Blair
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On Tuesday, people in Washington County were without power after high winds and strong storms blew through there. At the height of the storm, more than 4600 were in the dark.
There is a lot of damage in the town of Blair. No electricity, debris and downed power lines is the story throughout the entire community.
“About 7 o’clock it really started whipping. Usually storms don't bother me, but I knew this was something serious,” said Blair resident Wade Daggett.
“I opened up my front door to leave for work this morning and then all of the sudden a large gust of wind came through,” said Blair resident Terri Stark.
After the rain and wind subsided Blair residents just like Terri and Wade surveyed what type of damage they were left with. Some residents had it a little worse than others.
“My neighbor John's house got hit on the corner. And at the end of the block, there's a car that is totally encased in trees. You can't even see the car anymore,” said Daggett.
When the storm passed Wade and his neighbors wasted no time starting the clean up process.
“We'll probably do it all ourselves. I think if you wait for a tree service it would take quite awhile. So we all just pitched in and bought chainsaws,” said Wade.
Thousands of dollars of damage and hundreds of trees on the ground later, the mood is still as upbeat as it can be in Blair. This close knit community is all about helping one’s neighbor and just being thankful everyone is safe.
“The neighborhood is coming together to clean everything up right now,” said Daggett.
“I’m pretty lucky that I got the kids down in the basement and we weren't still sleeping this morning,” said Stark.