LAFAYETTE, (Ind.) WLFI -- Strong winds and fallen trees on power lines wiped out electricity to almost 5-thousand homes this weekend. Jane Matthews was in her living room in Lafayette when she saw the storm pick up. She heard a loud bang and found her neighbor's tree snapped and leaning on her fence.
“It went across our yard on the corner and then into the next yard,” said Matthews.
The tree hit some power lines but her home was the only one in the neighborhood not affected. With her house being at the end of the neighborhood with neighbors to the left and across the street, she said she’s happy her house was on the “right” side of the tree.
“Being on the right side of the tree meant I had power but there was no one in our neighborhood who did. There were over 300 homes that were without power,” said Matthews.
Matthews said she feels for her neighbors trying to make use of their frozen foods before they spoil.
“I feel for them because you know, a lot of these people in this area.. there's some of them you know, having a hard time and having to cook up that much meat that quickly...they need it to last so yeah, you think about you neighbors,” said Matthews.
Matthews said what's next for her is getting her yard back in shape.
“We'll be cleaning up our yard.. or my husband will cause I've got some work to do on the inside,” she joked.
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