Cleanup begins for Louisville after Monday night's severe storm

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News 12 First at Five / Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Storm damage in Louisville (WRDW-TV)
Storm damage in Louisville (WRDW-TV)

LOUISVILLE, Ga. (WRDW) -- You could find cleanup crews on nearly every street in Louisville Tuesday, cleaning up damage left behind by Monday night's storm.

Felicia Coward says, "We've been sawing trees all morning. We've got trees everywhere. All over the city."

Several power lines were torn down and hundreds of trees around the city were splintered, tossed to the ground like toothpicks.

It was the aftermath of a scary night for a lot of people like Anna Kelly.

"The lights were flickering, and my mama told me to get in the closet, and then a tree fell right in our living room!" Kelly said.

You can see light through their roof where a massive tree came through.

It was a similar story a few blocks away after the top of a tree fell about 50 feet right through the roof of another home.

Roosevelt Atkins was in the house when it happened.

"About the time I got to the bedroom, I heard something coming down, boom!"

His wife, Susie Atkins, said, "I heard a loud noise and then something fell on me, but I couldn't see, I didn't know what it was."

It was a massive tree limb that fell right on top of her.

"I couldn't move, and I was hollering for my husband, and he was hollering for me. He was on the other side of the house," she said.

It was a terrifying night the Atkins family won't soon forget.

"I was more scared last night than I've ever been. In my whole life," Susie said.

Even though they have a huge mess to clean up, they are thankful they
made it through the storm safely.

"We will find somewhere else to stay, but thank God, we have our life," Susie said.

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