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Storm cleanup continues in East Albany

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Clean up work continues and services are still being restored after Tuesday's powerful thunderstorms.   Some Albany streets were still closed Wednesday morning.  

Mobile Avenue and Van Demon Street were blocked by debris. Public works crews tell us it was one of the hardest hit areas.

More than a day after heavy rains and winds whipped through this East Albany neighborhood, sawdust rained down on the streets as crews cleared fallen trees from the roads.

Where cars couldn't make it through, heavy equipment did.  The massive cleanup is a major relief to Shirley Powell.  She said, "It broke down all the cable lines, the phone lines, the lights been off."

Her power was restored late Tuesday, but her driveway was blocked by tree limbs.  Powell says when the storm hit, it hit hard.  "It was like a big clap.  It was so loud like somebody was shaking my home.  I'm talking about literally shaking my house is how it was before the trees starting falling."

But Wednesday, Albany public works and Recreation and parks crews were busy picking them back up and clearing them out of the way.

The sounds of clean up are much more pleasant than the sounds of destruction Mary Mack heard early Tuesday morning. She said the storm sounded, "Like a big bang.  That's what it sounded like, like a big band and I said, 'ah oh'."

Mack actually saw one of the trees falling in her yard and ran to the back of the house.  She said she, "Grabbed my door, closed it and ran in my bedroom."

Mack and her neighbors were without power for about 12 hours.  That was restored late Tuesday.  Wednesday, phone and cable crews were out getting those lines ready for operation once again.

Albany Public Works  had five crews with heavy equipment clearing roads today.  That's in addition to the crews from recreation and parks.  Also, seven street sweepers were out Wednesday continuing to clear up roadways.

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