National Guard called in to assist with cleanup efforts

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News 12 at 6 O'clock / Friday, February 14, 2014

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Augusta, Ga. (WRDW) -- "That's the way I came down, I had to avoid it myself," said Patrick Summy who lost power in his downtown Augusta neighborhood.

But Summy won't have to avoid it for long.

"Especially this tree," he said.

The tree causing so much trouble, ripped down by these soldiers.

"I was pretty impressed to walk out and see the air national guard out here," he said.

Hundreds of troops from across the state are in Augusta.

"We've been running pretty much a 24-hour operation since we showed up here," said Lt. Col. Bob Noren with the Georgia Air National Guard.

They arrived Tuesday morning and they're still here.

"We've removed about 430 trees from across roadways," said Noren.

They're now just getting to Woodrow Street where two trees caused major problems for traffic.

"This is the first time I've actually seen all the damage and it's pretty bad," said Summy.

Other neighbors told News 12, "No electricity, no nothing."

Leona Carter is still suffering from the storm that's already passed.

"Big one right there and around the corner where I live at, there's the tree, the power line," said Carter.

This tree was cut up into dozens of pieces. Parts of it, ripped down from above to allow power crews to get to some of those power lines, so you can have power again.

"Power lines is down from my house to the street," said Carter.

Summy is worried about how long the power might stay off.

"Doesn't look like it's going to be back on until about Monday," he said.

But a comforting feeling knowing these neighbors can see some progress being made on their street and in front of their eyes.

"I think they're doing a good job, clearing the streets so people can get in and out," said Carter.