Storm Damage Takes Over Small Town

July 26, 2012 Updated Jul 26, 2012 at 12:37 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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July 26, 2012 Updated Jul 26, 2012 at 12:37 PM EDT


Sanborn, N.Y. (WKBW) - It happened just after 3:30 Thursday morning.

"You hear rain, then wind, then crumbling," Resident Thomas Lester said.

Resident Tyler Brehm was also in the brunt of the storm.

"It was 15 seconds of crazy noise. It was really unbelievable. Then, everything went silent," Brehm said.

It was in that silence that residents in Sanborn discovered the destruction in their small town.

"I just saw what looked like a war zone," Brehm said.

Lester had major damage from the storm.

"The tree went right through the motor and pushed my trailer four feet. It smashed the light and the whole front door was ripped off," Lester said.

Pastor Peter Vogeler of St. Andrews Lutheran Church lives next to his parish where saw an enormous old tree had been uprooted.

"I saw branches where they shouldn't have been, on the porch," Vogeler said.

Then, he made another discovery.

"That's when I realized I parked in the driveway," Vogeler said.

His car was totaled in the short storm that reeked havoc in their usually quiet town. Now, these residents agree despite the damage, there is some good.

"Nobody got hurt and that's the important thing," Brehm said.

In the calm after the storm, Past Vogeler said he noticed something even more overwhelming and unbelievable than the storm damage.

"The good news this morning was seeing a rainbow in the sky," Vogeler said.

The community is now coming together to clean up the pieces of the their neighborhood, praying mother nature goes easy on them the rest of the summer.