Thunderstorms rolled into Lake Placid during the afternoon Tuesday, June 10 turning the skies dark and with slashes of lightning. While the entire region got a good soaking, the Placid Lakes subdivision really felt Mother Nature’s fury.
“It seemed to come out of nowhere,” said Lorena Aleman of Waterway Avenue. “The wind was blowing so hard, I thought we were experiencing a tornado!”
Aleman watched and listened intently to the storm. “I put my dog in the closet.” She was visibly shaken. “I was waiting to hide in there with him.”
The Alemans had good reason to be frightened; in the empty lot next to them a massive pine tree was uprooted and fell over. They are thankful it did not hit any structures.
The 300 block of Foxdale Road did not fare much better. An unoccupied rental house had a pine tree fall and hit the roof, where it still rested days later. The same dwelling had another tree upended, landing in the yard and causing no damage.
Kelly Mitchell of Archie Summers Road said she was startled as she heard the roots of an enormous tree being ripped out of the ground and the subsequent crash that followed. The tree missed hitting her car by mere feet.
“I was always worried about that tree,” said Mitchell. “It’s not on my property so I was unable to remove it. I did have someone cut the overhanging branches two years ago because of this very reason.”
Mitchell says the owners of the lot may not even know of the damage. “The storm was a wakeup call,” Mitchell stated. “It makes you wonder if you’re prepared for hurricane season.”
New homeowner David Moore of Catfish Creek Road will be removing the large branches that fell off his pine tree as well as the tree itself. “I was talking to my lawn professional when the wind picked up and branches started falling off,” he explained. “The tree will be gone by the end of the week.”
The western portion of the Placid Lakes subdivision took the brunt of the high winds and lashing rains. Animals were displaced as well as foliage. A raccoon entered the porch of the Alemans, trapping himself inside. “He tore up the porch,” said Aleman. Terry Durante rescued a tiny fledgling that was ousted from the tree its nest was in.
“I was working on Cumquat Road and I saw him on the ground,” said Durante. “I made him a makeshift nest and I am feeding him with a syringe and surgical tubing. I am hoping he makes it.”
Clean-up began early the next morning with many arborists and chipper trucks in the neighborhood, but expected rain and thunderstorms dampened the clean–up process.