Richmond County deputies removing trees downtown

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News 12 First at Five / Thursday, February 13, 2014


Augusta, Ga. (WRDW) -- "They say that one is hollow and it definitely needs to be removed," said Rubye Harrison, who lost power Wednesday night.

Trees that have been around for almost a century...two of them sitting in Harrisons front yard.

"They need to be removed, they're so dangerous, they're right next to power lines," she said.

In the dark of the night, all that was heard was cracks and pops.

"11 O'clock last night, that transformer right there, blew up," she said.

Putting most of downtown Augusta into the dark...

"No heat, no anything, no TV," said Harrison.

Just a few months ago, one of those trees was scheduled for removal.

The city of Augusta came out removed it, but left two others.

"They county commission for some reason does not put enough money into the pot for tree removal," she said.

One of the trees left...responsible for taking down this power line..

knocking out power to an entire section of Oldetown.

"They are a terrible danger," she said.

And so are the ones already on the ground..

"People out actually moving trees from the sheriffs office," said Lt. Lewis Blanchard. "With chainsaws, cutting trees, removing tree limbs from the roadways..

Pretty much the entire day, roads have been closed, even preventing power crews from getting to the hardest hit spots.

"They have crews in from as far as Florida and other places and they are working and we're working to make sure they get into every area as possible," he said.

It'll take time for crews and patience from you, until everything is back to normal.