Here are some of the shots from down the street and around my neighborhood. All through the night, I could hear the limbs cracking, ice crashing, and power lines going down. I live in one of the oldest sections of Edwardsville, so we have very old and very tall trees. Little by little, power went out section by section all around me. You'll see a picture of a young tree in my neighbor's yard. It was a beautiful tree with maroon leaves...they called it a plum tree. But, it looks like it might be a total loss. Some of my neighbors have so much clean-up to do...and have lost some beautiful trees. (Click or double click on any picture to see a larger version.)
At about 4:30 a.m., the fire trucks started going around the neighborhoods to assess the damage and try to move limbs, if possible. So, there is yellow tape all over my neighborhood. I had to find a route out of it. And, I had to wait until some men came out of their houses so that they could help me move limbs out of the road. Most of them were trying to stay inside their houses to save their heat - since they had no power.