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Trinity, Wesley Chapel take stock of Tuesday storm's toll

TRINITY — After Tuesday's tornadoes, Ed Sharpe picked up a little business.

Sharpe, a roofer, got orders to repair roofs on 10 of the 50 homes damaged when tornadoes barreled through southwest and central Pasco on Tuesday morning.

"It puts money into the local economy," said Sharpe. "Sort of our own tornado stimulus package."

Sharpe and other contractors hit neighborhoods in Trinity and Wesley Chapel on Wednesday as homeowners began patching roofs, repairing broken windows and clearing uprooted trees.

"Most residents have gone about the business of cleaning up," said Jim Martin, the county's director for emergency management.

Wednesday, a sunny contrast to Tuesday, was a good day to do it.

Homeowner Tricia Bright, who lives in Trinity's Wyndtree subdivision, spent part of Tuesday morning huddled in a closet with her three young children as the storm passed through. Tiles from a neighbor's roof broke through the windows of her house and car.

By Wednesday, she said, the insurance company had been out and found they had at least $23,000 worth of damage. She said contractors had said everything was moving smoothly.

"Things are going really good," she said.

Tuesday's tornadoes moved from the western part of the county, steaming through the Oak Ridge subdivision with roughly 85 mph winds, moving toward Trinity Oaks and then heading up to Wesley Chapel, which experienced 80 mph winds.

A few neighborhoods bore most of the brunt of the storms. Thirteen Oak Ridge homes were damaged, three extensively. Nearly 25 homes in Trinity Oaks were damaged. Seven homes in Wesley Chapel had roof damage.

Trinity, Wesley Chapel take stock of Tuesday storm's toll 04/15/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 9:17pm]
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