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Tree cleanup from Friday morning storms in Cedar Falls

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - Parts of eastern Iowa continue to dig out and clean up after strong storms moved through overnight Friday. In Cedar Falls, at least one natural landmark will be forever changed.

Tim Olsen could only watch as tree experts went to work in his front yard.

The storm severely damaged the unique tree that formed a canopy over his front walk at 18th and Tremont streets.

"All of a sudden, I heard this big bang and the whole house is like an earthquake and I go quick running to the window, I'm like, please tell me it's not my tree and unfortunately it was and a Cedar Falls landmark was really destroyed," said Olsen.

Still, tree experts told Olsen to wait until fall to make a decision.

They say there's a 50-50 chance it could survive.

Olsen says the tree is part of the reason he bought the house two years ago.

On the other side of Cedar Falls, friends, family, and neighbors pitched in to help Julie Lein clean up the mess in her yard.

She worked throughout the day to clear the debris.

She says the clean-up process has brought neighbors together.

"It really makes a difference when you have people helping others in the neighborhood and trying to get stuff done," said Lein.

Hundreds spent the night without power.

Trees fell on power lines.

Some power poles snapped.

Crews from surrounding areas are helping restore power.

Meantime, the city's compost facility will be open everyday from 7a.m.-8 p.m. until further notice until the clean-up is over.

Waterloo also saw tree damage in many neighborhoods yet not quite to the extent as the older neighborhoods in Cedar Falls.

Waterloo's yard waste dumpsite on Easton Avenue will be open 7 days a week from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. to seven and will accept all storm-related branches, logs, and brush.

Online Reporter:  Bob Waters

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