HAMBURG, N.Y. -- The tornadoes may be long gone, but the mess they left behind is still being cleaned up across Western New York. Wednesday, a viewer from Hamburg contacted us after she found out how much it would cost to get the trees that fell out of her yard.
Laura Grieser was home when the tornado hit last Thursday. She lives on Marie Drive in Hamburg.
"The trees started splitting and hitting the ground, and all noise was like a roar, and everything on the walls was shaking, and it was about maybe 45 seconds into the tornado that the tornado warning went off on my phone and I was like 'oh good, thanks for the verbiage, now I know what's going on, and I should probably go in my basement instead of looking out my window.' I was praying. I thought it could have been the end," says Grieser.
After the storm passed, Grieser discovered she could see the lake behind her home instead of her trees that usually block the view.
"I was so happy that my house wasn't damaged, but then the trees are a really big deal and where they're at, it’s even a bigger deal because there's no way to get to them,” she says.
Grieser's property goes down the cliff, to the other side of the creek to where the grass is, but does not include the creek. She estimates the tornado damaged at least one-hundred of her trees, and now they need to be removed.
Her homeowner's insurance won't cover it.
"My sales rep came out and looked at it, and he told me because the house wasn't damaged that it wouldn't be covered. And now that it hasn't been repaired, and the storm is over, that if it doesn't get repaired, and it does damage anything, I still can't get coverage because it's neglect of maintenance," says Grieser.
She called every government group she could think of, and can't find anyone to help with the costly cleanup. So far, it looks like it's on her.
“Probably at least $50,000. I mean, if I was going to take apart the pieces that need to get done without doing what should all be done, it's at least $10,000. I don't have that to throw towards the tree removal," she says.
2 On Your Side contacted the state Wednesday to find out if it knows yet whether any state aid will be coming to Western New York to cover tornado damage. A public affairs employee is working on getting an answer for us.
The Town of Hamburg told Grieser they'd remove anything she could get to the curb. We also have a message into the town to see if there are any other resources out there for her.
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