MORRIS – During Wednesday's thunderstorm in Morris, a small area near the Nettle Creek Country Club saw extra damage to private properties.
Erienna Road Commissioner Mark Mann said, in about a three block area from Saratoga Road to about Crescent Green Court, some 30 trees were pulled out from the roots. At least 10 houses sustained roof damage of some sort, although the golf course sustained no damage. Mann said there was no damage to that degree one or two blocks farther in either direction.
“It's kind of weird,” Mann said about the concentrated area of damage.
Some of the houses sustained enough damage that the shingles blew off and rain entered the homes. Those homes are covered by blue tarp for the time being.
The Erienna Road District and a hired tree service was able to remove all of the big trees and branches from the roadway on Thursday working all day until about 8:30 p.m. and some cleanup also took place Friday. Since workers were not able to clean private property, the residents moved the largest branches to the edge of the road so the cleanup crew could collect them.
“They really took a strong interest in helping out the township,” said Ron Swart, a Morris resident and Erienna Township Supervisor who lives about a mile from the site located just outside Morris city limits.
Mann said he'll allow a few more days for the residents there to collect smaller branches and debris and place it at the curb for pickup which will probably happen on Tuesday.