Storm Clean Up Efforts Underway In Richmond County - WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken

Storm Clean Up Efforts Underway In Richmond County

By Fraendy Clervaud

Augusta, GA -- Folks we talked to say the storm came out of nowhere, but left plenty of work for city crews.

Trees were uprooted, houses damaged, and power lines down. It ooks like a scene from a movie, but it was all too real for Jermaine Furse.

Jermaine Furse, Augusta, GA: "Around seven or eight, a big wind came through with rain, we had a flood out here."

His house was just one of the many that was damaged by a tree, along Picquet Avenue. In some cases, folks did not have power for at least three hours. Public Service crews spent the day cleaning up what they could.

Dennis Stroud, Assistant Director, Augusta Public Services: "We had a lot of limbs that fell from the right-of-way that fell into the streets, or sidewalks. We had some fall on fences. We pretty much removed all that, this afternoon."

Stroud says damage like this makes it harder for crews to help folks out.

Stroud: "First, we do an assessment. If that there, in fact, came from the county's right-of-way, then I would make the assessment after the insurance company has been notified."

One lady had a tree end up into her living room. Stroud says, once the storm came through, they already figured out where to go.

Stroud: "We looked at the county, overall, and we already recognized some trees that we need to take down, or weak limbs. So, we pretty much know, when the strong winds are coming, to go cut and service that area right away."

In the meantime, some homeowners along Picquet Avenue are living with other family members until their home can be fixed.

Fire crews that were called out Tuesday night to check out damages, tell WJBF-TV News Channel 6 this storm could have been a microburst.

If you still have debris that needs to be cleaned up, contact the Augusta Public Services Department.

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