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Severe Storms Cause Extensive Tree Damage in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- "My girlfriend woke me up and she was all frantic and everything."

Craig Ekstrom was fast asleep when an un- invited guest landed at his doorstep.

"Our tree is down our tree is down," Ekstrom said, recalling his girlfriend's reaction.

Brought down by a noise that was sounded all too familiar.

"Sounded like a freight train coming through," Ekstrom said. "We definitely thought it was a tornado."

The city estimates that more than 200 trees were damaged as a result of the late night storms.

For more than a decade, an ash tree proudly sat next to the home of Trudy Berry and Dave Kessler. Until now.

"I've been lucky," Berry said.

That luck served them well, even as the tree came crashing down on their home Sunday.

"The porch saved us basically," Berry said. "[My Husband] built me my patio because I wanted one a few years ago."

The railing on the porch was the only thing that prevented the tree from coming through the roof. Berry calls it a blessing.

"I was religious enough, but that made me more so," Berry said.

The blessings don't stop there. The mobile home park was spared the worst of the damage.

Especially compared to Gypsum Supply company just next door.

"Somebody was watching out for our trailer court,"

They hope for even more divine intervention, as that next round of storms approaches.

The city says it will take this week, and possibly into next week to get the major tree damage cleared up around the city.
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