The roar of chain saws resounded through neighborhoods along the Wasatch Front on Friday as residents worked to clean up the aftermath of Thursday's windstorm.
Raechel Williams, her two children, husband, extended family members, neighbors and friends sawed broken maple and willow tree limbs and raked debris at their Centerville home.
She said it will take at least one more day to get her yard in shape.
"But we came out well compared to others," Williams said as she looked at her neighbor's yard just south of her, which lost several pine trees.
Weber County did not get hit as hard as Davis County, said Lance Peterson, Weber County's director of emergency management.
"It was a hit-and-miss storm; the damage was widespread," Peterson said.
Weber State University's damage estimate from the storm is $1.84 million.
"We had broken and cracked windows, broken doors, heating and ventilation issues with structures on roofs, damaged roofs, and damage to the construction site," said John Kowalewski, WSU spokesman. The construction site is a new dormitory, where cinder block walls were blown down.
Kowalewski said the storm toppled between 50 and 60 trees on campus.
The Weber School District suffered only moderate damage to its facilities, compared to others.
District spokesman Nate Taggart said at Roy's Municipal Elementary School, the roof was damaged when wind stripped away some soffit and fascia. Two trees were blown down at Roy Junior High School, with one hitting the building's roof and the other landing on cars.
Excluding the car damage from the tree and from flying debris, Taggart said repair costs are estimated at $10,000. That cost also includes the removal of a total of five fallen trees.
The Ogden School District estimates the wind storm caused about $75,000 in damage to district facilities.
A torn-up roof on Highland Junior High School could cost as much as $50,000 to repair, according to district facility managers.
"It's mostly roofs and boilers," said Donna Corby, district spokeswoman. "The roofs were because of the wind, and the boilers were because of the power outage, which caused compressor problems."
Corby said various schools suffered cracked or shattered windows, and a portable building at Wasatch Elementary School lost its metal skirting.
Other than roof damage and boiler issues, most repairs will be relatively minor, although there will be a whole lot of those minor repairs.
Davis School District officials said it will be at least Monday before they have an estimate on the dollar cost of damages.
Jay Lowder, Ogden public services director, said it will take several weeks before city crews can remove all the debris left in the streets.
Crews spent Friday replacing traffic signs that blew away, as well as working with Rocky Mountain Power to get those signals working.
"We were able to get them flashing in order to control traffic," Lowder said.
Lowder said it may take a few more days before all traffic signals are working properly.
Ogden opened an additional green waste site on Friday to help residents working to clean up the tons of tree limbs blown down. The site, a vacant lot at 600 Park Blvd., also will be open today for green waste dumping at no cost.
The city set up an emergency help line for anyone who needs assistance because of the storm. Officials are pleading with residents not to call 911 for anything but emergencies. Dispatchers have fielded thousands of phone calls about downed trees and power outages.
The help line is 801-399-4357 (HELP). The dispatch center's nonemergency line is 801-629-8221.
City officials warned people without power to be careful using gas stoves, barbecue equipment, kerosene and propane heaters to warm their homes. Make sure the house has a working carbon monoxide detector and keep the house well ventilated.
In Davis County, Centerville, Kaysville, Layton and Farmington residents put their green waste next to the curbs for city crews to pick up within the next two weeks.
Davis residents who don't want to wait for city crews can haul their green waste to Wasatch Integrated Waste Management landfill in Layton for free until Dec. 17, said Nathan Rich, executive director. Proof of residency is required for the free usage.
Centerville Police Lt. Paul Child said early estimates of damage to public and private property hit $8 million as of Friday.
Farmington City Manager Dave Millheim said preliminary estimates of public and private damage in his city is between $4 million and $6 million. That amount could increase in the next few days, he said.
Davis County Commissioner Louenda Downs said commissioners declared the county a disaster area. With that designation, the county can be eligible for federal and state funding to help with the cleanup efforts of infrastructure and public facilities.
Millheim said one of the main priorities of city staff is to replace any stop signs that were destroyed.
"We do appreciate the volunteer spirit we've seen so far, and ask our residents to continue to check on neighbors, especially the elderly," Millheim said.
Residents should also check on the yards of neighbors who may be out of town to see if trees are leaning on power lines, Millheim said.
More than 9,000 Rocky Mountain Power customers were still without power at noon Friday.
"We currently have 300 personnel involved in the restoration effort," said Jeff Hymas, spokesman for Rocky Mountain Power.
Hymas said most customers should have had power back on by Friday night, but some may still be without power today. By 6 p.m. Friday, about 300 custumors were without power in the Layton area, while about 3,000 were still in the dark in Weber County, said Rocky Mountain Power spokeswoman Maria O'Mara.
Those who still don't have power should check to make sure their meter is still attached to their home. If it is not, they need to get a licensed electrician to repair it, Hymas said.
Kaysville, which has its own power company, brought in crews from Lehi and Brigham City to work on restoring power, said Mayor Steve Hiatt.
Hiatt said the cost for extra staff, as well as overtime for public works staff, will be a significant amount, but the priority is the residents.
Bountiful also has its own power company and was able to restore power to 90 percent of its customers by Friday morning.
Phone lines at insurance companies, roofers and tree-trimming companies were busy beginning Thursday and well into Friday.
Lou Evans, manager of Bartile Roofing, Inc., in Centerville, said his business already had 40 voice mails when it opened Friday morning.
And after their doors opened, "it was wall-to-wall" customers looking for a roofer to help replace shingles and damaged roofs.
Evans said those with roof damage from trees need to remove the debris before roofers can begin work.
Also, home and business owners need to contact their insurance companies before roofers can go ahead.
Evans said those with roof damage should not try to patch the damage before an insurance adjustor sees it, but he does recommend getting a tarp placed on the roof for protection.
The state's insurance department has a list of recommendations for residents who have experienced loss to review at insurance.utah.gov.
State Farm Insurance spokeswoman Donna Fisher-Brown said it's a good idea to take photos of the damage before doing any cleaning or repairing.
Also, keep receipts of any temporary repairs and submit claims as soon as possible, but be patient, she said.
Homeowners were not the only ones impacted.
Farmington Mayor Scott Harbertson said new construction sites, like Park Lane Village, sustained significant damage from the windstorm.
Harbertson was helping family members Thursday evening cleaning up a fallen tree when he fell.
"I got in a fight with a tree and it won," said Harbertson, who suffered a fractured eye socket, cheekbone and fractures to his nasal cavity.
Standard-Examiner reporters Nancy Van Valkenburg and Charles Trentelman contributed to this story.