Scotia storm brings damage, community works together

SCOTIA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Since around 8 a.m. Thursday morning crews have been cleaning up the damage from the storm.

The area is looking a little better here compared to what it looked like at 5 a.m. NEWS10 ABC spoke to several residents and they say they have never seen anything like this.

“An incredible wind had stirred up!” said resident Sharon Hammer.

Residents on Sixth Street stared out their windows in disbelief, watching the tornado cause destruction.

“There was debris everywhere,” said Hammer.

Next thing on the list; lights were blown out. Around 3 a.m. Thursday morning it was restored by national grid.

Sharon Hammer, resident: “It happened so quickly and I didn’t even have time to react to it.”

Once birds started chirping, Sixth Street was covered in tree branches, debris and trees ripped at the seams.

Joe Rizzo, who’s lived in his home for about 25 years, says he’s never seen anything like this.

“It was just pouring, rain was blowing. Everything was spinning around. My neighbors were telling me everybody was running down to their basements,” Rizzo said.

Joe says it’ll be a busy day of cleaning up, especially with this tree in his driveway. As the neighborhood slowly woke up to damage, sounds of wood chippers resonated through the area; a sign Sixth Street would come back to life again.

“We had people from down below come over and ask if we had anything, if we needed any food, or water or drink… it was like the whole neighborhood came together,” said Rizzo.

The storm has brought damage, but also a tight-knit community closer.

A crane was brought in earlier to remove some of the trees that have fallen down. The area of Sixth Street remains closed off until the cleanup is finished.

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