El centro maintenance crews busy today cleaning up what strong winds left behind yesterday.
Esther Villalobos out watering her lawn a day after fierce winds ripped through the Imperial Valley resulting in 11 uprooted trees and a flag pole at a gas station el centro.
Fortunately no reports of any injuries.
"It was kinda scary. Of all the years I’ve been here, I’ve never experienced anything like this. So, I thought, oh no maybe it’s a tornado," Villalobos said.
Villalobos stayed in Monday as she watched a tree crash down in front of her neighbor’s house on Holt avenue.
After the wind storm crews continued to chop up the downed trees.
"I had four people last night putting in overtime. They put in about five hours overtime cutting them up getting them at least out of the roadway so people could get by," Carl Fowler El Centro Public Works said.
"I was affraid somebody might come by drive by and fall on it," Villalobos said.
Fowler says it’s going to cost the city up to $8,000 in man hours to clean up the damages.
It was an unusual wind storm of up to 80 mph winds.
"I don’t recall seeing it that bad either it was a pretty bad day," Fowler said.
One tree crshed onto Imperial Avenue. The strong winds kicked up sand onto Interstate 8 creating a sand fog, and Interstate 8 was closed to high profile vehicles.
Winds continue to blow but calmer than experienced on Monday. Public works say it could take up to several days for clean up.