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AUBREY (CBSDFW.COM) – Residents in Denton County are cleaning up on Labor Day after some strong storms moved through the area late Sunday night and early Monday morning. The town of Aubrey received some of the worst damage.

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The Inman family home now has a hole in the roof, covered by a tarp, and large tree limbs resting on two cars. They believe that a lightning strike is to blame for the mess. Jeff Inman said that he is simply stunned. “We’d have been here, we could’ve been caught in it. I might have been caught up in there, because it was 10 minutes that we were over there that this storm came up,” he said.

Inman thinks that lightning hit one of two old oak trees in his front yard at around 8:30 p.m. Sunday night, during the storm, and somehow caused both trees to fall into pieces. Two things that used to be part of his home’s curb appeal are now among the debris that needs to be cleaned up and moved out.

“I was born and raised here and these trees have been here forever,” Inman recalled. “Everybody who drives by loves these trees, and that’s why we bought the house.”

The power went out in the neighborhood, residents said, just before lightning struck one of the trees.

Instead of relaxing on the Labor Day holiday, neighbors like David Farris are working to lend a helping hand. “I’ve only seen this on TV, and I never really thought I’d ever see it in person,” Farris stated. “But when I drove by, I saw the tree on the truck. I felt bad and wanted to help.” Inman said that the fire department was very helpful on Sunday night, too. They helped clean up tree branches and install the tarp over his roof.

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After the damage has been cleaned up and repaired, Inman plans to rebuild a carport at his home and plant two new trees — much smaller ones — in his front yard.

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