Storms mean clean-up duty, even for those who can't clean up their yards

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
News 12 at 6 O’Clock/NBC at 7

BELVEDERE, SC (WRDW/WAGT) -- People are still cleaning up from the storm damage with big trees causing big problems.

We've seen them on top of homes, and even into a woman's pool.

If a tree falls on your home your insurance will likely cover it, but if it falls on your property and doesn't damage anything, that's on you.

Barbara Bryant is dealing with issues of her own now.

"It came on in a rush and it was so, so powerful,” Bryant said of the storms. “You couldn't see a shrub. You could not see anything."

Bryant was left with a big mess to clean up in just a matter of minutes.

"All I could see was just damage," Bryant said.

Bryant was luckier than others. Her home is fine and aside from a few broken fences, it's more of a mess than anything.

"It's up to the people who live in the homes to get it taken care of,” Bryant said.

She can't do it herself and she can't afford to hire someone to do it for her. She's outside of city limits, and Aiken County doesn't take care of it unless it's a federally declared disaster area.

"You're hoping that somebody will come by and offer to help,” Bryant said.

Carlton Jack is hoping too. Jack lives in a mobile home park outside North Augusta city limits. With no homeowners insurance, he's already responsible for the damage to his home.

"I don't know what to do,” Jack said. “By the time I pay bills being on a fixed income and pay for groceries, it's gone for the month."

Insurance agents say whoever owns the property the tree lands on is responsible. So in this case, the mobile home park would be responsible.

For homeowners, if your neighbor’s tree falls on your property, you or your insurance is responsible.

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