City public workers begin to clean-up debris from recent storm

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The clean-up is continuing after last nights storm. 

“I was driving down Wildwood Avenue and it just hit and before I got home all hell had broken loose, but it came through pretty quick,” says Chris Harman, Homeowner.

Some neighborhoods are blocked off for traffic as city workers cut and haul tree limbs and debris. Harman tells news 3 there’s some water damage in his home, but he’s just lucky there was no injuries. 

“My neighbors tree fell through the master bedroom and guest bedroom of my house it’s through my celings,” says Harman.

Winds from the storm were traveling nearly 75 miles per hour, creating heavy damage on to residential areas. around 94 calls for damage came in within the last 24 hours.

“As of about 10:00 last night we had three locations where the road was still blocked and we couldn’t proceed because Georgia Power needed to clear those locations,” Patricia Beigler, Director of Public Works Columbus Consolidated Government.

A large number of pine and oak trees were reportedly down from the root in public parks. 

“A lot of these trees are aging, they’ve been here for a long time and trees are just like people they get old and when they do they lose some of their strength,” says George Barker, Trees Columbus Consulting Arbornist.

As clean-up efforts start to move forward through this week, public workers are asking drivers to pack their patience.

“There are twelve crews out there right now we brought some in from other divisions to make sure we have a major impact as quickly as possible,” says Beigler.

The public works director says they are working closely with georgia power with electricity lines being down. 

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