Aiken County Storm Damage Cleanup Continues

By: Gene Petriello Email
By: Gene Petriello Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock; March 18, 2008

BELVEDERE, S.C. -- Families in Belvedere are back working to clean up all the debris left on their property after Saturday's storms; this all before another round of storms is expected to push through our area on Wednesday.

One house along Bel Air Road in Belvedere has a clear roof now. But a few hours earlier on Tuesday afternoon, there were five trees laying on top of it.

Crews from Kervin Brothers have been out, pulling 13 hour days, chopping up the fallen trees and turning it all into mulch.

They've been to 30 homes clearing trees since late Saturday, mostly in the Clearwater and Belvedere area.

Meanwhile, another backyard along Bel Air Road is completely filled with tree roots, tree trunks, branches, dirt, and of course, a chainsaw.

The Nugent family was out for the first time on Tuesday, to pick up all the debris; mom, dad, their three children, grandpa, nephew and nieces all out to help clean up the mess.

Mom and her three children were in their home when the storms hit. Fortunately, no one was injured.

"It's not fun. I had to go buy a chainsaw and everything else and get all of this stuff cut up. And, you can see, I'm not even halfway done," says Brian Nugent.

Brian and his family expect to be out cleaning up until at least Friday. They have a long way to go.

They can't even live in their own home right now because they have no water. The septic line was broken into pieces when a tree was uprooted in front of their home.

The tree removal company expects to be working long days for at least the next two weeks or so.


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