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Displaced Residents Trying to Pick up the Pieces

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LAS VEGAS -- Uprooted trees crushed houses with roofs blown off left some Las Vegans still trying to clean up the mess after this past weekend's storms.

The images from inside the Atrium Condo Complex are incredible as Friday's severe rainstorm ripped through here with a vengeance.

In 18 years of calling the condo complex her home, Irene Lewis hasn't seen anything quite like it. Her power is still on and she considers herself one of the lucky ones.

"So much rain, we couldn't get out and I really thought the roof was going to come off," Lewis said. "It blew some of the shingles off."

Lewis' unit escaped the storms wrath without major damage, but others like Norma Castillo can't say the same.

"The tree is literally the hole inside of the house," Castillo said. 

Dozens of neighbors were forced out because large trees landed right on top of the buildings. The roots of the trees tore up gas lines causing major gas leaks.

Simple things like showers and hot water are now a hot commodity as Southwest Gas officials are working to repair the broken lines for days now. Repair workers are working as quickly and safely as possible to appease the evacuated residents.

"I don't have any gas and we haven't had gas for four or five days," resident Irene Lews said. 

Once the trees are finally removed, then building inspectors can make sure these homes are structurally sound.

Fallen light poles also sent the condo complex into darkness since Friday, but the home owners association said they are working to get repairs made.

Around 40 people are displaced at the Red Cross shelter located at Desert Pines High School on the first night.

Red Cross officials said they expect some of those people to stay there tonight until the condo complexes are livable.

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