It was a perfect storm as saturating rainfall in recent weeks combined with powerful winds to take down some of the biggest and oldest trees in places like Pauls Valley.
Another round of heavy rain from the weekend just added onto the aftermath of last week's strong storm packed with wind believed to be in the 100 mph range.
The storm blasted into Pauls Valley and Garvin County in the early morning hours of June 19 knocking out power to all of PV for hours and days and leaving heavy tree damage in its wake.
One Garvin County official says the damages from last week will be felt for decades to come.
“It's going to take Garvin County 100 years to overcome the tree losses from this one storm,” says Dave Johnson, who's been busy while still settling into his new job as the county's emergency management director.
Johnson said the places hit the hardest, like here in Pauls Valley, had some toppled trees older than Oklahoma as a state – some believed to be close to 120 years old.
“It's a crying shame. It will take a deliberate effort of planting trees to make up for the losses,” he adds.
Getting an up close look at the damage on Monday were two officials from the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management.
Both Johnson and Don Wageman, Pauls Valley's emergency management guy and assistant city manager, hosted the visit as OEM officials were quick to say a disaster declaration for all of Garvin County was a no-brainer.
“They highly recommend a disaster declaration,” Johnson said. “It may not do anything for us now but it will help us further down the road.”
All three county commissioners then approved an emergency proclamation asking for the governor to declare Garvin County a disaster area.
The idea is to get state funding to help with clean-up and more.
Wageman says the funding would help as the city of Pauls Valley is doing the best it can when it comes to picking up all the broken trees and brush literally piled up all over town.
“We're hoping to get state funds to help with the clean up and any damages to infrastructure,” Wageman said.
“We can't afford to bring in private companies to chip and clean up the tree limbs on site.”
In some cases the extent of the damages aren't known because they might still be covered by a large tree toppled to the ground.
What is known is the massive amount of damages are just too much to handle very quickly.
“We're overwhelmed,” he said.
“It's going to take a lot of time for citizens and the city to get it all cleaned up. I have no doubt we'll get it all cleaned up, but it will take a while.”
There are a couple of sites where residents can take cut up tree limbs and brush during regular business hours, a city yard at 2000 South Chickasaw and the local sports complex soccer fields on Indian Meridian.
Another round of storms coming through this past weekend didn't pack the wallop as the one from last week.
Still, it did have an impact as power was out for a few hours Sunday all over Wynnewood and Lindsay and in parts of Elmore City.
In Pauls Valley damage to tree limbs was minimal compared to last week's storm, which knocked out power to most of town for at least two days.
“We had a few hiccups but by Saturday Pauls Valley's power was pretty well back up,” Wageman said.
“We did have some limbs falling onto power lines and some other damage but it wasn't as bad as last week,” he said about the weekend storm, which mostly included heavy rainfall.