Updated 10/30/2012 06:53 PM
Pittsfield residents say they dodged bullet with Sandy
Sandy wreaks havoc across the region. But Pittsfield residents say they believe they dodged the worst of it. Berkshire County reporter Madeleine Rivera has the latest.
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- "With the wind coming, I knew something was going to happen. I just hoped it wasn't going to be on my property. But I drew the short straw on that one," said Aaron Robb, a Dalton resident.
The day after Sandy, residents check out the storm's impact. Some were hit harder than others, like Aaron Robb, who had a tree fall into his house.
"It was almost as if it was happening in slow motion. I think I was yelling and hollering but no one was there to listen," described Robb.
Thankfully, no one in Robb’s family was hurt. He saw it all from his driveway while his family was at a neighbor's having dinner.
For the most part, the area was spared the worst.
"We kind of avoided a lot of the heavy rain that we were anticipating. But we were prepared for it. We were ready for any eventuality," said Mayor Dan Bianchi.
But there's no doubting Sandy left a mark on the area.
"With the wind damage, there's trees down are we're driving around, there's tree limbs that are on power lines, there's power out in some of the houses in several areas of Berkshire County. So we're just trying to help," said Jeff Pierce of Appalachian Contractors.
Aside from Aaron's story, there's another story of a mother who took her two-year-old baby from a bedroom where a tree crashed moments later.
"I actually think we're luckier than some," said Robb.
City crews and contractors will be working to remove downed trees. Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski advises residents to watch out for downed power lines. Residents can call 911 if they have any doubts about fallen electrical wires.