Detroit neighborhood hit hard by July 4 storms

Dozens of Detroit homes without power after intense storms

Published On: Jul 05 2012 06:28:30 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 05 2012 07:14:12 PM EDT
DETROIT -

Clean-up and repair crews working in Detroit didn’t have to look far to find damage from Wednesday’s storm.

The traffic signals were out along several blocks of Woodward Avenue near the Palmer Woods subdivision.

"We had hail stones the size of golf balls," said homeowner Cliff Cheaks. "I think we were kind of targeted because actually the Sherwood Forest area, which is a couple blocks over from here, and University District were unscathed."

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Cheaks was among several homeowners in his neighborhood still cleaning up tree branches and debris blown onto his property.

Another homeowner in the Palmer Woods area said the storm forced him to cancel his 4th of July party.

"This is probably the worst storm we’ve had in the 35 years that I’ve been here," said Detroit resident Bill Hunter. "The winds blew real hard. I was having a party around my swimming pool and that’s not nice for parties."

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Hunter said he also lost power during the storm. On Thursday, he was still cleaning up the damage while his wife worked to salvage food.

“I have bags and bags of dry ice,” said Johnnie Hunter. “You don’t want to loose all the food so this (dry ice) will be used for the refrigerator and the freezer.”