Washington County cleans up after storm

Posted at 9:54 PM, Apr 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-27 22:54:33-04

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Okla. -- Crews are cleaning up debris after severe storms blew through several communities in Washington County Tuesday night. 

Powerful wind gusts brought down large trees in neighborhoods mostly on the west side of Bartlesville. One tree fell there and crushed a man's boat, while other people had large limbs fall near their homes and vehicles. 

The wind also tore off part of the roof at a building on the Phillips 66 Research Center campus off Highway 60 west of Bartlesville. A spokeswoman said no one was injured there, and the damage did not affect any business operations. 

Further north in Dewey, the wind blew down trees and fences at several homes. Shirley Gaines said three trampolines even went airborne and ended up in her yard. 

"About 10:30 (Tuesday night), we hear this big bang," Gaines said. "We had like three trampolines -- two trampolines in the backyard, then we had one fly over the roof and land between our house and the neighbor's house." 

Large trees fell like dominoes at a home in Copan. Robert Slaughter and his family said it took less than a minute to bring down at least 18 trees surrounding their home. 

They spent the day cutting lumber and feel thanking that their home received only minimal damage.

"An act of God, whatever you want to call it," Slaughter said, "it was just meant to be that we were not going to lose the house, and we didn't." 

Despite the damage throughout the county, no one was hurt. 

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