People preparing for storms heading to the area

By: Hope Jensen Email
By: Hope Jensen Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Friday, March 2, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Unfortunately, a lot of people are still dealing with the damage created by last Friday's storm, and now they're gearing up again for whatever comes our way. High wind and rain threatens to create even more damage over the next 24 hours with dangling trees, holes in roofs and much more still out there.

Frank Allen had tree branches on top of his bed after last week's storm. Those holes are now patched up underneath a tarp.

"I feel like I was fortunate that we got ahold of the people first because plenty of people had damage around here," Allen said.

Luckily, the tarp will keep the water out tonight. But many others with damage may not have been able to get a roofer to come out yet.

Chris Williams is the owner of William's roofing. He says the workload builds up everyday, especially after a big storm.

"There's probably about 20 percent of them that come in a day that you won't be able to get to them," Williams said.

He says he got a lot of last-minute calls with the storm coming. He says if you still have roof damage that's not protected, a tarp is your best bet.

"Just pull it out, you can see it when you pull it out how it spreads out, lay it across your roof, cover up all your the area you think it's leaking if your roof is accessible and that'll generally take care of it," he said.

And there are a few different ways to make sure it is secure.

"The optimum way to seal them down is to find a shingle that you can slide them up under so that when the water comes down, it flows," he said.

You can also lay it over the ridge of the roof or put bricks on it to hold it down.

Roof damage may not be the only thing left over from last week's storm. One family has a broken tree hanging in their front yard.

"I mean that tree could have went anywhere I guess," said Steve Bouye, who has the tree in his yard.

They call a broken tree that is still hanging a dangler. Tree services say they can be very dangerous, but the Buoyes say they aren't too worried about it.

"It's wedged pretty well," Bouye said. "I don't think it's going anywhere right now and if it does, I don't think it's gonna hit the house."

Hopefully, he's right. But crews say they've seen danglers all over the area, which is not good news with more storms heading our way.

The experts want to remind you that this is very dangerous work. Always make sure if you are trying to do the job alone, you have someone else there with you.


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