Marie Drive neighbors clean up after tornado

Hamburg Residents Clean Up After Storm

HAMBURG, N.Y. -- One of the hardest hit neighborhoods in Hamburg is across the street from the fairgrounds. 2 On Your Side returned to Marie Drive Thursday to talk with neighbors as they assess the damage and clean up.

Plenty of progress is being made on Marie Drive where trees hit several homes as Thursday's tornado tore through the neighborhood.

"If you were here an hour ago, this place was just stacks and stacks of sticks, but they got the Grappler out here, and those guys are A1," said Victor Masullo.

"Love being able to help out. When they come out and say thank you, makes you feel really good. Yeah, definitely," said Jacob Fanning Hamburg Highway Department Crew Leader.

As crews for the Town of Hamburg removed debris, Masullo worked on getting a big tree out of his front yard. The tornado split it in two, and he was home when it happened.

"I told my wife, her office is there, she works from home, I said come on let's get in the basement and she's there, why? There's a tornado. Let's go," he said.

Masullo's tree didn't hit the house, it fell onto his neighbor’s driveway.

"My dad's car got hit by a tree," said Alex Furgala.

Furgala, 12, was at Emery Park when the tornado warning went into effect. He found shelter at a nearby school.
"We went to the door and we knocked on there and they let us in," said Furgala.

And because Furgala loves to play outside, he's now checking his yard for nails and broken glass. He thinks the glass came from the fairgrounds.

"I've never seen something like this before, and it's just mind-boggling to see it here in the neighborhood," said Furgala.

Clean up crews from the Town of Hamburg plan on being back on Marie Drive on Saturday. They will also spend the next couple of weeks picking up debris piles as people continue to clean up their yards.

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