Homeowners move forward after strong wind storms

BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) -- People in our area are still cleaning up from the wind storm that swept through the region. And some say there's a silver lining in it all.

Corky Crowder has lived in this Botetourt County house for more than 30 years.

"We always have wind on this hill but this is the highest we've ever seen," said Crowder.

It was that aggressive wind that snapped this 60 foot maple tree.

Crowder says he assessed the tree a few years ago to make sure if it did fall it wouldn't hit the house.

"The Lord was looking out for us on that," said Crowder.

Before Crowder breaks out the chainsaw, he has to wait for the Appalachian Power to handle the electrical lines.

Over in Roanoke City, this entire row of houses on Trinkle Avenue experienced outages when this pine tree crashed onto these power lines.

However, for renters like Joe Staton, he must wait till the landlord assesses the damage.

"Once they find a day where it's not windy cold it probably wouldn't take them an hour or two to chop that up, get it loaded on a truck and get it away from here," said Staton.

Crowder sees a silver lining to this entire situation, because this tree will heat his home for the next six months.

"It still is good wood, it'll get put to use."