UPDATE: Cleanup Continues in City Park Area

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UPDATE 7/9/2014 4:45 PM

A tremendous mess.

The squall line brought down so many big trees and limbs, the effort to restore power is a slow one.

One of the hardest hit areas is the neighborhood close to Parkersburg City Park.

Now neighbors are trying to pick up and get back to normal.

City Park was open Wednesday and lots of people were taking in a nice day.

But a lot of those people brought cameras, recording the damage brought by strong winds Tuesday afternoon.

None of the fallen trees damaged any of the park's buildings, or caused any injuries to people who were in the park at the time.

But the debris won't be cleaned up for a while, while the city of Parkersburg concentrates on clearing downed trees elsewhere.

"We're going to have to get the streets opened up first and get the sidewalks cleared, and get the traffic signals operating again. We'll concentrate on the park then," says Rick Lemley, Public Works Director.

What's delaying the tree removal throughout the city is power lines that may be tangled up in them.

Lemley says the power company has to make sure the power has been shut off before the lines are removed.

In recent weeks, City Park has been the site of the Fourth of July carnival and the Multi-Cultural Festival.

It's fortunate there were no events like those going on at the time of Tuesday's storm.

The storm that ripped through the area Tuesday afternoon left a trail of damage behind including downed trees and power lines.

Debris flying through the air, downed power lines, trees on top of homes and giant trees were snapped in half like a stick Some were even completely uprooted.

At City Park, Mayor Bob Newell says some people were hurt by falling trees, closing the park.

Throughout downtown Parkersburg, traffic lights were out and police directed traffic.

Over at Jimmy Johns a huge chuck of the roof ripped off and thrown into the parking lot.

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