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SAWS BUZZ AS RESIDENTS TACKLE TREES

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Residents both young and old have begun cleaning up after Tuesday's storm by sawing, dragging and cutting trees blown into their yards.

For others, the cleanup was a little more complex.Construction workers were busy inside Dean Boshard's house in east Provo Wednesday replacing a 24-by-24-foot 2-ton section of roof that was pulled off his house and blown 200 feet, smashing against his neighbor's house.

"All of this can be replaced," Boshard said. "I was just tickled to death that no one was injured, and hopefully there won't be another storm like this for a while.

Workers replacing the roof said they had never seen anything like it.

Boshard's neighbor, Kelly Keetch, spent the day cleaning up the glass inside the house as well as the debris left outside from his neighbor's roof.

"It was raining 2-by-8s, roofing and insulation," Keetch said.

Provo resident Boyd Wright used a small chain saw to clean up the remnants of a 35-foot cedar tree that fell into his front yard. After laboring all morning, much of the tree was still left.

"In the 42 years I've lived in this house, I have never seen a wind like that," he said.

Provo Mayor George Stewart said the cleanup gave residents the opportunity to pull together as a community.

"As I was driving around the city, I saw people out in the street visiting like I have never seen before," said Stewart.

Some took advantage of the downed trees to use as firewood, while others attached "Free Firewood" signs to fallen trees in their front yards.

Several Provo businesses are profiting from the cleanup.

Provo Radio Shack manager Michael Wahls said his store had an influx of customers wanting everything from television antennas and scanners to flashlights and batteries. He expects sales to increase over the next month because of the storm.

Although Provo has eight tree- removal crews working long hours to clean up the debris, other tree- removal companies have been swamped with phone calls as well.

"It's going crazy, we have everybody working till dark," said Mark Turpin, Seven Trees accountant. "It's been good for business, and we're trying to do the best we can."