CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) — When it comes to lessons learned from the Valley’s powerful storms this summer, they can be broken down into two categories: Before the storm and after.
With more serious storms potentially headed for the Valley this weekend, storm survivors weigh in and give advice on how to be prepared.
Tom Deley and his wife are from Vegas and are visiting family in Canfield. When a storm rolled through last Tuesday, they didn’t expect to experience a tornado.
“I managed to get the door closed,” recalled Deley.
He was referring to the door to their RV, were they were stuck inside of during the twister.
“For the life of me, I thought we were going to go over. She was holding on to the table rocking back and forth and I was standing next to the doorway holding on,” said Deley.
Deley also said it was a good lesson for taking storms seriously and getting to a protected place. Once the storm hit, even walking the 20 feet from the RV to the house was just too dangerous.
“I wouldn’t take a chance. I wouldn’t even want to be walking out in that thing that was how bad it was,” Deley said.
Just down the street in Canfield, Dave Hernstrom was learning about patience and waiting.
“There’s a scene of total devastation in my backyard. The claims adjuster can’t get out here until Thursday. So we’re kind of trapped with leaving the backyard the impenetrable mess that it is until then,” said Hernstorm.
He said there’s more than a dozen trees down on his property. But for now, he’s only allowed to clean up what’s blocking the garage. Which poses another problem: Canfield is stopping its brush pickup Monday.
Hernstorm also said that you have to be prepared for a flood of people wanting your business.
“Talk to people and get advice such as tree services and contractors to use,” explained Hernstorm.
Despite the many hurdles, he is remaining positive.
“All in all, things are looking up. As good as can be expected,” finished Hernstorm.