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Storm damage in southeast Edmond: 'That was our favorite tree,' said Reggie Ayers of the 100-year-old cottonwood tree toppled by the storm.

BY LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN Assistant Features Editor lbrinkman@opubco.com Modified: May 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm •  Published: May 20, 2013

/articleid/3827936/1/pictures/2094806">Photo - Reggie Ayers, left, and a neighbor look over the progress they had made in adding a tarp to his roof after storm damaged his home and knocked down trees in the Hidden Valley addition in southeast Edmond. PHOTO BY LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN, THE OKLAHOMAN <strong></strong>
Reggie Ayers, left, and a neighbor look over the progress they had made in adding a tarp to his roof after storm damaged his home and knocked down trees in the Hidden Valley addition in southeast Edmond. PHOTO BY LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN, THE OKLAHOMAN

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Judy Pendergraft was with her family in the cellar at her home in the Hidden Valley addition just west of Bryant and north of 33rd when she heard the storm roll in.

By about 6 p.m. on Sunday, she had her grandsons, nephews and friends using chainsaws to cut up the 35-year-old tree that had fallen directly across her driveway and damaged some of the cars parked there. The tree uprooted the concrete sidewalk next to her house.

“I didn't really want to come out (of the cellar),” she said. “I heard them saying, ‘oh no'” when they saw the tree.

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A neighbor's trampoline is twisted at the top of Herb Deaton's tree in his backyard, where trees were down. A tree was also down in the front, and next to his property were uprooted cottonwoods with root balls taller than a teenager. The hole that the uprooting created was filled with water.

“I was just backing into my closet when it hit,” Deaton said.


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