WILLIAMSBURG – One of areas hardest hit by Hurricane Irene is Williamsburg.
The powerful storm damaged at least 63 buildings in the city. All but five of them were residential structures. The damage is estimated to be close to $4 million.
Bill Harmon and his wife live in the Windsor Forrest Subdivision. Ten trees fell on their home.
“We thought the storm was just about over with, then all of a sudden there was a big gust and you can see all of these trees coming all at one time. You could hear them. it was kind of scary," Harmon said.
Harmon is a retired Army veteran. He has Lou Gehrig’s disease and so he thought it would be best for him to stay home during the storm. He says he won’t make that mistake next time.
"There's no way for me to get out of the house. Once that happened I was kind of stranded,” explained Harmon. “Power was out and the ramps were blocked. So yes, it’s probably a better idea to go somewhere."
Harmon says he loves trees but Mother Nature sure can be confusing.
"The wind is a strange thing. It can hit one house and not another."