Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, August 6 2012 at 4:38 PM, Updated: Mon, August 6 2012 at 4:50 PM
People in Klamath Falls are busy cleaning up storm damage today...and it could take a while to remove downed trees, and repair power lines.
The storm hit hard and fast Sunday night.
Don Ambers is one of many busy cleaning up in the aftermath...
"It's been ever since last night. It was almost like a tornado we had here, if it was in a twister state. I see it pulled up the tree across the street and laid it on the roof."
The storm blew down a billboard and a tree near the overpass - and suspended a treetop in power lines just a short distance away.
Oliver Spires was busy with his chainsaw helping to clear debris...
"You know, driving down the street from Pacific Terrace, Eldorado all the way across town, it looks like there's a lot of this damage."
Alex Dodson notes that the Mills Addition was hit particularly hard...
"It's a lot, it's everywhere - we went last night and helped straight down the road. And there was about 50 limbs, lost my keys..."
John Najar says it could take a while to dig out a car from underneath a pile of branches...
"It's my son's car, but he doesn't have his license yet. So, it's just been parked here. Just got to get it cleaned up, and we'll see from there."
Crews were busy cleaning up downed limbs at Veterans Memorial Park...And getting power back up to over 6000 customers.
"So it was quite an experience." Said Don Ambers. "It was nothing like I ever seen before."
Lightning from the storm sparked over two dozen fires in Klamath and Lake counties Sunday night. Forestry officials will now be watching for 'sleeper' fires over the next several days.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.