CREATED Jul. 26, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Seven days after a storm devastated a community in east Las Vegas, piles of dirt pale in comparison to last week's mess.
A severe thunderstorm slammed into the Atrium Gardens Condominium complex on Pecos near East Bonanza Road.
It left huge trees lying on the ground, busted branches, shredded gas and power lines and crumpled roofs.
By Friday, much of the mess had been cleared away, and most of the residents displaced by the storm were able to return home.
Emma Torrens, known as "Cookie" said the disaster brought her community closer. They were frightened and inconvenienced, but no one was hurt.
The HOA told Action News this week that power and gas would be restored to most units, and the trees would be cleared away by Friday. They were cleared, but some residents who can't move back due to structural damage are unhappy.
Avelina Mejia said, "I mean I've heard the comment of you know, maybe if we were a nicer side of town maybe it would have been done a lot more faster than what it really was."
Cookie disagrees, "Our association, as well as the office have done beautiful as far as getting things done on time."
She also welcomes a forecast of more rain, "Just to clean up this mess, why not? Rain is not going to hurt us."
If the grey clouds gathering earlier over Atrium Gardens on Friday were any indication, a Mother Nature clean up crew could be on the way.