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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 14, 2015) - Residents on Indy's near north side are cleaning up a huge mess Tuesday after storms hit the area hard.

On Highland Place, a tree fell on top of a woman's house. Neighbor Alexsus Vaden says her family was inside their home when she heard what sounded like thunder.

"We come outside and the tree is actually on top of the car. Like directly on top of it," she said.

Her mother's car was crushed by a large tree that fell.  The storm was captured on her surveillance video where lightning, winds, and heavy rain can be seen.

Down the street on Capitol Avenue, a tree fell on top of two homes, causing significant damage.

It was a busy night for emergency crews. From midnight to 3:00 am IFD responded to a total of 124 calls, including calls for two fires and 19 downed power lines.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard signed an emergency declaration Tuesday, meaning crews could shut down roads where heavy damage is present.

On Tuesday afternoon, Indianapolis Department of Public Works shut down N Pennsylvania Avenue, from East 22nd Street to East Fall Creek Parkway South Drive to remove a massive tree blocking the roadway.

“Our forestry management division has been out since this morning, picking stuff up, figuring out where the damage is," said DPW spokesperson, Benjamin Easley.

Easley said crews were continuing their work throughout the county after receiving many calls for downed trees and limbs.

"We're planning on being out as long as it takes to pick up, a lot of the limbs that are down especially on the thoroughfares and the secondary streets," he said.

DPW is asking residents to help out with some of the cleanup. If you are able, they're asking for help picking up small leaves and limbs that may be blocking drainage systems.

You can report damage in your area to the Mayor's Action Center by calling (317) 327-4MAC.

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