Residents Deal With Damage

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Laverne Taylor certainly felt the wrath of Hurricane Dennis. During the height of the storm, a tree in his backyard fell on to his roof, crushing part of the porch and knocking a hole in his ceiling.

"We got water damage in the whole one side of the house," said Taylor. "Water damage pretty bad; the ceiling is busted through. We're going to have to redo the roof. I don't know how we going to do that."

City workers have been working since Sunday night to get all the trees off streets and power lines, but there is a lot of work to do. This huge tree fell in the yard of Rapheal Hill, knocking out a power line and blocking the street.

To give you an idea of how strong the wind was, a tree that had 12-foot roots was pulled completely out of the ground.

Despite those winds, city officials say they were surprised at the limited amount of damage.

"We feel very fortunate that we didn't have any more damage than we did from the storm," said Eddie Ivy of the Regional Response Team.

Of course, limited damage is a relative term; just ask Laverne Taylor. But even he can see the silver lining.

"The insurance company should take care of everything," he said. "I'm just glad my family is all right. There wasn't anyone hurt."


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