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Clean up crews in Johnson County have work cut out for them

CORALVILLE (KWWL)--Several rounds of storms ripped through Johnson County Friday leaving behind plenty of damage.

Heavy rains and strong winds left thousands without power and caused flashed flooding, but the worst amount of damage reported was to trees.

Jim Williams of Coralville was working Friday when he got a call from his wife.

" A friend of my wife's called her at work and said that there was a tree on our house," he said. 

A large branch from a more than 50 year old tree was blown on top of Williams' house during Friday's storm.

On Saturday, crews spent hours removing the entire tree from Williams' lawn, after it was determined the inside of the old tree had completely rotted.

"We're going to miss it," Williams said.

Seth Bihun, owner of Total Tree Care of Iowa City, says over the next several days, members of his crew will have their work cut out for them.

Bihun's crew will be busy attending to toppled trees throughout Johnson County.

"I'd say this is pretty bad due to the fact that it's spread out. We've got basically three different areas that have been hit pretty hard," Bihun said.

An already saturated ground has contributed to the uprooting of some of the larger trees.

"Wet grounds have made it so they can pull it right out," Bihun said. 

For Williams, the good news is his home sustained minimal damage.

Still, there's plenty of cleanup in the aftermath of Friday's storms.

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner


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