Community Continues Cleaning Up From July 13 Storms

By Justin Wilfon

(LOUISVILLE, July 28th, 2004, 4 p.m.) -- It has been over two weeks since the severe storms rolled through our area, but some of the hardest hit residents are still cleaning up. WAVE 3's Justin Wilfon reports.

One Indian Hills family has an especially large project. During the July 13 storms, a tree fell into the Herd family's garage.

"A large cherry tree standing right here in front of us was blown over uprooted literally and crashed into the top of the garage and pretty much demolished it," said Charles Herd.

The tree is now gone, and so is the garage -- along with everything in it.

"It's now decorating our back yard," Herd said. "Makes it a very attractive neighborhood."

A contractor dismantled the garage piece by piece, but Herd has done much of the work himself, "going through debris, seeing and trying to list it and count it and see what we can save and what we can't save."

Herd says he hopes to have the garage re-built by November, and hopes life will have finally returned to normal. by then. "There's always a blessing in everything, and the blessing of course is no one was hurt, and this is just stuff and things, and stuff and things can be replaced but people can't."

If you have storm debris you need to dispose of, you can take it to the drop off sites at 600 Meriwether Avenue and 595 Hubbards Lane until the middle of August.

Online Reporter: Justin Wilfon

Online Producer: Michael Dever