RENSSELAER, Ind. (WLFI) - At St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, trees that had stood for over 100 years have been uprooted and pushed onto their sides, victim to the second tornado to hit the town in three days.
A May graduate of St. Joseph's college, Jashon Banks, said during the storm he and other members of the grounds crew sought shelter from the rain. Minutes later, they came back outside to see the destruction.
"When I got over here I was in a state of shock. This tree behind me, this huge one, has been here since forever. We just couldn't believed it was pushed over like it was," said Banks.
Rensselaer resident Sandra Lowry lives less than a mile west of St. Joe's. She said she was on the phone when the second tornado hit.
"I got up to look at my cherry tree in the front and it has branches all the time fall down and I didn't think too much about it," said Lowry.
Lowry said she then went to check another side of the house.
"Then I looked out the front window and saw the police cars over at College Woods and it uprooted a big trees," said Lowry.
Lowry said by looks alone it could take some time for her neighbors across the road in College Woods to clear the debris. Tree services are still trying to create a clear path for neighborhood residents to leave the subdivision. City clean-up workers like Josh Eldridge expect another week to pass before town is cleared.
"I've never really seen this much come down at once. It's just unreal, it's almost unreal," said Eldridge.
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