Storm takes out trees in American Fork neighborhood

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AMERICAN FORK -- As if waking up to several inches of snow in the middle of April wasn't bad enough, the heavy wet spring snow storm added insult to injury for an American Fork neighborhood Thursday morning.

"I walked out and was looking around, kind of surveying what had happened, and looked down the street, saw a big old branch off that tree came down on a car," American Fork resident Mark Welcker said.

It happened near 410 North and 700 West. The damage to the tree was much worse than what happened to the car. In fact, there wasn't a tree on the street that survived losing a branch or two from the heavy and wet snow that fell overnight.

The trees fell down and ruined mailboxes; a couple of very big branches struck an RV.

While the entire area got about the same amount of snow, the snow in this neighborhood was heavier and was just too much for most of the trees.

"I haven't seen anything like this, probably ever, that I can remember. A few years ago we had a really strong wind storm that came through and took some branches down, but not quite like this. This really must have been a heavy snow. So it was pretty amazing, almost unbelievable," Welcker said.

It is all very disappointing to the residents because the trees are all about to blossom, and they are just wishing spring would arrive and stick around. In the meantime, they will be cleaning up the mess from a storm they won't soon forget.



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