At least 35 Allegan Co. homes damaged in storm

Tornado indicated on radar near Fennville during Saturday storm

Clyde Township, storm damage
Samantha Hardy's Clyde Township home was destroyed in Saturday's storm. (Aug. 21, 2016)

CLYDE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Allegan County officials say the damage caused by Saturday’s powerful storm system could take weeks to clean up.

Scott Corbin, the county’s emergency manager, has the task of surveying the destruction left in the storm’s wake.

“It goes all the way through the county,” Corbin said. “It’s pretty consistent. It did not decrease — it actually increased in intensity as it went through the county and we’re seeing damage consistent all across the county.”

He said at least 35 homes will need repairs.

One of those is on 118th Avenue in Clyde Township, south of Fennville. There, trees fell on Samantha Hardy’s house, destroying the back half.

Clyde Township, storm damage
Samantha Hardy’s Clyde Township home was destroyed in Saturday’s storm.

“All of a sudden, my house shook and I just heard the crash of the trees coming through it,” Hardy recalled.

A tornado was indicated on radar in the Fennville area. The National Weather Service says preliminary surveying found EF-1 tornado damage in Allegan County, but it hasn’t yet confirmed the twister’s specific path. More details on that tornado and others that caused damage were expected Monday.

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Sunday, hanging siding and pink insulation framed the two-story hole in the back of Hardy’s home. On the ground, there was a pile of crushed wood and other debris.

“At this point, I don’t even know” how long clean-up will take, Hardy said. “I was really hoping this morning I would wake up and it was all be a dream. So at this point it’s going to be one day at a time and go from there.”

She is relying on friends for help.

“There’s no way I could do this on my own,” she said. “Luckily I have very good friends … and they were here first thing this morning.”

The American Red Cross was going door-to-door on Sunday, assessing the damage and asking residents what they need. The Red Cross says it is preparing to offer various resources depending on the severity and type of damage for as long as affected West Michigan citizens need.

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