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Tim Sheehan planned on traveling to his cabin on Lake Poinsett for a relaxing weekend but Mother Nature had a different plan.

“Everybody around here lost everything. Everything that was in the water is damaged. Nothing will be recoverable,” said Sheehan.

The lake was hit by 80 mph winds.

“This is by far the worst anyone has ever seen in this area,” said Sheehan.

Power lines, tree limbs and branches fell to the ground. Most of the damage was concentrated on the lake. It’s where docks, boats and lifts were completely destroyed. Sheehan put his pontoon in the water just last Monday.

“At least we know where it’s at. Some people’s pontoon went around one side of the lake and floated back to another. At least ours was recoverable,” said Sheehan.

Down the road is Willie Sanchez. Out of his 14 years of living on Lake Poinsett, this is the first time he has witnessed a storm like this.

“I’ve never seen the lake so angry. There were six to eight foot waves that were really breaking. They were just rolling. They were so strong that when they hit, they just lifted everything up,” said Sanchez.

It may take a few months to recover, but residents say they’re working together to get things back to normal.
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