Clearing 'Unbelievable Damage' in Boyd and Greenup Counties in Ky.


BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Chainsaws were rumbling Wednesday as people in Boyd and Greenup counties tried to clear some big trees that fell into their yards and homes.

"Unbelievable," said Claudia Williams.

That's one word Williams used to describe the destruction outside her front door.

"That's my living room," Williams said.

A huge tree in her front yard fell to the mercy of high winds during Tuesday's storms. The tree damaged her front porch and her car.

"That's my work car," Williams said.

She isn't alone.

Boyd County Emergency Management said crews were dispatched all over the county, dealing with downed trees and power lines.

Thousands across the county were without power Wednesday.

People in Greenup County faced the same struggle.

"When I came outside, there were trees everywhere," Dustin Smith said. "Both of these roads were blocked off in three different places with trees across the street."

Smith put his chainsaw to work, trying to clear downed trees in his yard and off his deck.

But there was even more damage just across the street.

"Two blocks down and then the next neighborhood over, they really got hit hard, a lot of trees down, a lot of trees on houses," Smith said.

He said this year's storm outranked the derecho, and the impact can be found around every corner.

"Between the crews and insurance adjusters, the neighborhood's been more busy than it's ever been," Smith said.

Still, people picking up the pieces are grateful.

"As long as we have our health, that's all I'm concerned about," Williams said. "This is something that can be cleaned up in a couple of days. It could've been worse."

Crews are still working to restore power in Boyd and Greenup counties.

Emergency Management confirms some of the hardest hit areas of Boyd County include Ashland and Westwood.

Police also said they aren't aware of any injuries connected to the storm.


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