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Moline Neighborhood Deals With Storm Cleanup


It's a sight that's all too familiar for families along 7th Street in Moline: down power lines and toppled trees, something homeowners say they deal with nearly every time it storms. 

"It's a quiet, pressurized (sound), with a very deep thump thump, and you know what that is, you don't know if it's hitting your house, your car or what, or the ground, but you know that sound," Janet Beckwith says of incoming storms. 

Beckwith has lived in her home on 7th Street for 20 years, and she says she and her neighbors have dealt with everything. 

"We've had crushed cars and dented cars," she says, "We're on the highest point in Moline, we always get hit the hardest." 

"When I moved here, I thought it was an enchanted forest, now I know it's an enchanted nightmare," Beckwith says. 

Nearby, John Flack was looking out his window when he saw an old tree come down.  

"It was raining and blowing pretty hard, and I could just barely see out the front door," he says, "I heard this ungodly loud crack and that's when this thing fell." 

Neighbors say with the number of old trees here, they're not surprised when storms knock them out.  

And though some have spent up to seven thousand dollars maintaining or removing them, they still go down.  

"You clean up the trees that are bad, and then the trees surprise you," Beckwith says. 

But even after dealing with damaged cars, trees, and power lines, Beckwith says she's here to stay.  

"I love my house, I wanted to live in an older neighborhood," she says, "I love it, and we have a lot of trees, we just have a lot less here than we did in the past." 

Neighbors there say despite the damage they still have power here, but still have lots of cleanup still to go too.

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