Neighborhoods Begin Cleanup After Tornado

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    This tree came down on a house on Gaylord Road in Windsor Locks as a tornado came through.

    The cleanup is just beginning after a tornado touched down in Windsor Locks on Monday afternoon and chainsaws were running non-stop on Tuesday night along Raymond Road, in one of the hardest hit neighborhood.

    “The front is a real mess,” said Kevin Horan.

    The tornado tore down almost all of his trees and there was so much debris that the amount of cleanup was overwhelming.

    “All day and all night, I’m wondering how I was going to start it,” Horan said.

    A few doors down, Stuart Dern and his friends worked for hours to clear hundreds of tree branches from the property.

    “All day long, slicing and cutting and chopping and pulling and dragging,” Dern said. “We're tough people. We will get back in there and get this done.”

    Some residents didn’t even know where to start with the clean-up.

    The tornado blew netting from a tobacco field into Robert Moticka’s backyard on Bellaire Circle and a giant piece got tangled in a 60-foot high tree.

    “I’ve got to figure out how to get this netting out of my tree ... and there's a lot of it,” Moticka said.

    The tornado didn’t just rip the netting off the OJ Thrall Farm in Windsor, it also destroyed 20 acres of crops and the irrigation equipment.

    Gov. Dannel Malloy took a tour of the devastation on Tuesday and said the owner could apply for state grants to fix the damage.

    “They will be permitted to participate in that pool of money and help them recover as quickly as we can,” Malloy explained.

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