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Trees damage homes, power lines in downtown Augusta

Cleaning up after storms

After a wave of storms swept through the Augusta area Tuesday night, homeowners and crews were working to clean up the aftermath. (WRDW-TV / June 22, 2011)

News 12 at First at Five / Wednesday June 22, 2011

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Strong winds and rain again wreaked havoc on parts of our area. It's been a common sight in Augusta, power crews on every other street corner, people and businesses in the dark and trees littering the city.

And as neighbors continue cleaning up after this latest round of strong storms, they are also preparing for more possible rough weather.

The bad weather started moving across the area around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

In the last week, the city of Augusta has been flooded with calls about downed limbs, branches and trees. It's given a whole new meaning to the name, The Garden City.

On street after street in downtown Augusta, you'll see either power crews working or toppled trees.

"The wind was really fierce," William Foust said.

Parts of 5th Street had to be closed after a huge tree came crashing into a historic Augusta home on Watkins Street.

William Foust was inside.

"When it came down, I was actually in my recliner, and boy I came up off the ground about a foot and that told me something had happened so I went out to the hall and saw just a cloud of dust then I was feeling rain and the wind coming in," he said.

Owners were working to renovate the home that was built in 1885.

"Yeah, it's kind of heartbreaking. It's going to take quite a while just to get it cleaned up before we even start to assess the damage inside," Foust said.

And it was a slow morning for James Scott and workers at Finish Master. A tree knocked out power to several businesses along Reynolds Street.

"Everything that we have runs off of electricity, so we're pretty much shut down completely," Scott said.

Dozens of power crews spent the day repairing lines and working to get the lights back on. It's been a busy few weeks for them, too.

"A couple of the guys I've talked to said they're working on 60 and 70 hours overtime, one of them says he's gotten like 2 hours of sleep in the last 24 hours, 48 hours," Scott said.

Dorothy Moores spent last week helping to clean up her daughter's house after a tree landed on it. Tuesday night, it happened again.

"They rest of it fell and caused even more damage. It was unreal that she would have to put up with this two weeks in a row," Moores said. "These are humongous, old trees and they have outlived their usefulness."

People living in a Fenwick Street apartment complex were lucky the tree only landed on their roof, but Moore is worried that next time people won't be lucky enough to walk away.

"A tremendous mess and it could kill somebody," Moores said.

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