Severe spring storm hits Oak Lawn neighborhood hard

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by TERESA WOODARD

WFAA

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 11:51 PM

Updated Friday, May 9 at 12:03 PM

DALLAS -- Lauren Van Dusen knew what was coming.

"It was just raining like normal, then it got all dark and then still. I was like, 'Oh no.' I've lived here my whole life, so I was like, 'Oh, this is awesome,'" Van Dusen said.

The calm quiet wind was temporary. Moments later, "I look over and the tree just fell over," she said. "All the fences fell over with the tree. It broke a water line and it was flooding in our apartment."

The tree was a big one and it came up from its roots, toppling over outside Van Dusen's apartment on Cedar Springs near the Dallas North Tollway.

"This looks really bad, and it's bad, but could've been way worse," she said.

There were trees down all over the neighborhood. Some landed on homes and others on cars. The Oak Lawn area of Dallas got hit hard by a quick spring storm that packed a double punch of high wind and heavy rain, but no injuries were reported.

Cars stalled on a flooded part of Cedar Springs near Turtle Creek, and when high wind ripped off a roof of an apartment building on Lucas, two apartments flooded, too.

"The water's now coming down, but there was probably a few inches of water inside. We had to get the furniture out, just in case," said Jessica Gonzalez, who was helping a friend move her things out of her flooded apartment.

"We were more concerned about the dog," she continued, holding a chihuahua named Bobo. "But, it could've been worse."

Upstairs, Christian Rodriguez was moving out what he could salvage, too.

"The important thing is being alive, not the material things," he said.

On Friday it was determined that the neighborhood was hit by straight-line winds going up to 80 mph.

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