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Storms Leave Destruction Near Page Lake in New Milford Area

Dozens of homeowners and cottage owners spent Monday cleaning-up from strong storms in Susquehanna County Sunday night.
New Milford, Susquehanna County- Dozens of homeowners and cottage owners spent Monday cleaning-up from strong storms Sunday night in Susquehanna County.

By taking one look around the Page Lake-area in New Milford Township Monday morning, the damage done from mother nature was still very evident.

"I've probably seen about 25 to 30 property damages here and so far I've only been able to go and talk to three people today so far," Joseph Pipitone of Top Notch Tree Care in New Milford said.

The storm was an unwelcome guest for Russell and Miriam Pepe.

One of their neighbor's pine trees came crashing down into their deck.

"We have a family reunion with 40 people coming on Saturday but our neighbors have been fantastic. They're making us a first priority because of the party," Miriam Pepe of New Milford Township said.

As they look at the damage done to their other neighbors, the Pepe's consider themselves lucky. Some trees crashed into garages, while others landed right on people's homes.

"Somebody's boat is flipped over and upside down in the lake. It's just amazing," Russell Pepe of New Milford Township said.

The storm lasted less than ten minutes in this part of Susquehanna County Sunday night but left behind damage that will take much longer to clean-up.

"The lake looked like an ocean. The waves were so high. I've never seen it like that before. It looked like the storm was coming straight down the middle of the lake," Miriam Pepe said.

Utility and tree trimming crews are now working hard in the area to get everything back to normal.

"I'm only a few miles away and there was no leaves on the road or no nothing," Pipitone said. "Then when you get up here, up to this area, it was just complete devastation all over."
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