Oscoda County Storm Damages Rooftop

“It was a fast moving storm, there’s no doubt,” said Mio Resident Owen Smith.

Clean-up crews in parts of Northern Michigan had a lot of work to do today.

A Thursday afternoon storm knocked down power lines and trees in its path. Now comes the task of repairing the damage left behind.

One of the hardest hit areas is in Mio in Oscoda County, where winds made a nearly two-mile long swath of destruction.

“I was shocked. I wanted to cry. I was shocked,” said Lori Golombeski. She lives in Lapeer and enjoys visiting Mio once a week in the summers.

The sheriff’s department responded to around 15 calls of service during last night’s storm.

The event, only lasting around 10 minutes, caused severe damage to Lori Golombeski’s roof.

“I got a call from my friend up here saying we got a tree on the trailer. So I went, had my aunt and uncle over taking pictures. We have an adjuster who’s supposed to be coming. He’s supposed to be contacting me today or sometime to give us an estimate to whether or not they’re gonna be able to fix it or not.”

Cherry Creek Road was the worst-hit, according to the sheriff.

For one man who’s lived in Mio his whole life, this storm was the worst weather he’s ever seen.

“But that rain when I heard it on my cell phone coming this way about 45 miles an hour. It wasn’t too long and I looked out and the water was just coming down by the bucket full,” said Mio Resident Owen Smith.

Fortunately, nothing hit Smith’s house.

“I saw that when I got up, then the top blew out of a pine tree next to my house. And with that I thought, ‘Oh lordy, what’s going on next?’”

And that pine tree was next to another that’s still in the ground. It’ll be removed just in case.

“I have to have somebody come over, go up with a bucket truck and cut the tree off, move it away, because it’s leaning toward my house. My experience has been if you got one dead tree on a double tree, the other side ain’t too far behind.”

Most importantly, no one was hurt during the storm.

But for those hit with damage, clean up didn’t finish with the storm.

“It’s gonna take a little while. ‘Cause we’re not up here all the time, so it’s gonna be a little while,” said Golombeski.