Aiken County neighborhood still facing storm damage five days later

Monday, June 24, 2019
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A house on Ponderosa Drive is draped in a tarp after a tree destroyed the roof. (Source: WRDW/WAGT)

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC (WRDW/WAGT) -- Five days after a crazy storm hit the CSRA, some residents of Ponderosa Drive in Aiken County are still without power and air conditioning.

Patti Pruett was in her home Thursday when she watched a tree fall onto two of her family cars.

"Tears. I couldn't help it," she said.

She would later come to realize that the same tree that fell onto her cars also scraped a portion of her roof, leaving a small hole. The very next day, another tree came down on that same spot of her roof - completely collapsing it.

"The whole attic just came down into the bedroom," she described.

Right across the street, Kim Cauthen was helping his friend clear fallen trees from the yard. Cauthen says that while his friend got her power restored on Saturday night, she is without air conditioning.

That's because a tree fell on her outdoor air conditioning unit, completely crushing it.

"Although it took 15-20 seconds to happen, it's going to take a very, very long time to clean up," Cauthen said.

Around the corner sits another house whose roof was damaged by a fallen tree.  And just beyond that, a house completely destroyed by a fire. 

That residents of that home had just returned home after their power was restored Sunday when the fire broke out. Fire officials say the cause was electrical.

Pruett was told that her power had been restored, but that it was best to not turn it on until the wiring could be properly examined. According to her power company, it's possible for electrical wires to become damaged and spark a fire once power is restored to them.

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