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Port Huron area still cleaning up after Superstorm Sandy

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(11/01/12) - While most of Mid-Michigan has recovered from the effects of Superstorm Sandy, clean up efforts are still underway in the Port Huron area.

Chainsaws could be heard often in St. Clair County, which seemed to take the brunt of the storm in Michigan.

"It was the worst I've ever seen," said Al Nyquist, a St. Clair County resident.

Hundreds of pine and spruce trees, with their shallow roots, were toppled by the high winds.

There were lots of generators still running. DTE crews had a lot of power restoration work to do.

"The workers told me DTE had sent several people to the east coast to help there and that means it will take them longer here," Nyquist said.

People in a subdivision on Lake Huron had been without power since Monday night. Many left to stay with in motels or with relatives. Those who chose to stay say they don't mind roughing it.    

"I have a generator hooked to the furnace, so I've been doing OK," said Chuck Sparling, a St. Clair County resident.

The storm hit with winds stronger than 70 miles an hour. Neighbors say they were frightened at times.

"The waves on Lake Huron were the highest I've ever seen," said Don Willingham, a St. Clair County resident.

"It was very scary," Gertrude Furman said.

"The wind picked up and trees were falling. Then we lost power," Sparling said.

DTE hoped to have power restored to all its customers before the weekend. Cleaning up all the downed trees and trees limbs will take much longer.

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