Storm knocks down power lines, block walls in Glendale

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Wind knocked down dozens of power poles and trees when a storm slammed the Valley on Saturday.

Drivers were stuck on 59th Avenue near Greenway Road in Glendale because they couldn't get out with the lines down, and one vehicle got the brunt of it when it was actually hit by a power pole.

Debbie Burson had a close call.

“I was coming down 59th Avenue, and it was raining really, really bad,” she said. "The wind was just crazy and I couldn’t see, and I was thinking to myself, ‘Oh my gosh.’ ”

Burson was worried about the trees at first, but then suddenly the power poles started falling down.

“I could feel the cord bopping up and down on top of my car,” she said. “When I felt it, I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, there’s electricity in there, and I panicked.”

She decided to make a run for it.

“Got the heck out of my car as quickly as I could,” Burson said.

She said she couldn’t believe she made it out safely from underneath a power line.

“It was scary. Scariest thing I’ve ever been through,” Burson said.

Others had to wait even longer before they could get out of their cars. They waited for police to give them the OK before they could get through the web of power lines.

“Thank God, yes. I’m one very lucky person because that pole could have come crashing down right on top of my car,” Burson said.

At 57th Avenue and Greenway Road there were more downed power lines, and a few blocks away from there a wall of bricks was knocked down.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do with all of these bricks,” said Paul Aubuchon.

Aubuchon said he’s owned this property for 25 years, and he’s never had this kind of damage from a storm.

“Nothing like this, no,” Aubuchon said. “My renter called me and told me that someone told him the fence blew down, so I came over here to see what happened because he’s out of town.”

Aubuchon has been clearing the bricks from the road.

“I want to get it all off the sidewalk and off the road at least so nobody runs into this stuff,” he said.