Strong storms, winds topple trees Monday afternoon across Indy

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INDIANAPOLIS – The wild wind and rain brought trees down all across the city Monday afternoon, sending drivers looking for alternate routes during rush hour.

Some of those trees even hit homes.

Splintered and sideways, an old Hackberry tree hit the ground Monday afternoon at 42nd Street and Capitol.

“It’s been around a while,” said Jim McMillan.

It clipped McMillan’s Capitol Avenue home on the way down. But it was news to him.

“I was down in the basement in the opposite side of the house, so I didn’t hear it,” he said, “My neighbor came pounding on the door, and that’s how I discovered it.”

When McMillan rounded the corner, the leafy greeting he got was hard to miss. It’s a circumstance he’d predicted, in a neighborhood full of old trees.

“You see the storm coverage on television, I’d look at the trees in the area, and think what if one of those were to go,” he said.

It wasn’t the only green giant to come tumbling. Monday’s storms brought down a tree at 86th Street and Lafayette Road.

Road crews quickly cleared it, at the height of the evening rush hour.

McMillan said he’s keeping a smile on, though, because it could have been worse. Nobody got hurt, and there’s a funny story in all of it. He used to be an insurance claims adjuster, so he’s quite familiar with the unexpected.

“I was just like you’ve got to be kidding me,” he said.