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Cleanup continues following Tuesday's storms

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Last night's storms caused extensive damage throughout Western Massachusetts. 

Two Westfield mobile homes are officially condemned after being destroyed by fallen trees.

Residents in the park are safe and crews are beginning to clean-up.

Two women are both lucky to be alive today after two heavy pine trees crushed their mobile homes. It's something Elaine Lapointe has been fearing for months now.

"I've always been worried about that tree between me and Marie. That's it. She had another one, but that one there it wasn't fair. I had damage on my front porch before and it had to be repaired," Lapointe said.

One woman escaped uninjured while Lapointe spent the night with family before any of the damage happened.

Hampden Village Park owners were on scene all morning while neighbors came by to check out the damage.

The Glaze family has owned this park for nearly 50 years. They said removing trees that stand too close to homes is a top priority - especially right now.

"There's definitely a lot of trees here and it's something that we saw as a big concern for a lot of our residents. A lot of people get worried when storms come, so last year we started cutting down trees. We cut them down along several streets in our park here and we're continuing to do so," said Jeff Glaze.

Glaze said crews have removed hundreds of trees within the past few years.

"What we just do is every time that someone has a concern about a tree, we review it with the tree company. We take a look and see how we can work it out with them to take it down," Glaze added.

For Lapointe, it's too late. She can't live in her home. It was almost too unsafe for her to go back inside and grab momentous and prescriptions. Despite the damage, she knows how lucky she is today to be standing here.

"My dog Cody and me would had been in that bed with the blinds shut watching TV 'cause that's what we do in thunder and lighting because he doesn't like it and neither do I, but that's where I would have been," Lapointe explained.

Inspection crews are coming out Thursday before they can be removed.

As for Lapointe, she has no intention of leaving and plans to rebuild.

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