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Storm clean-up continues for businesses and homeowners

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Several days after strong winds and rain swept through southwest Georgia, homeowners and businesses still have a big mess to clean up.

Staff at Stardust Skate Center have a large Oak tree to clean up after it uprooted during Tuesday's storm. It also damaged part of the parking lot. Workers already cut up the tree and removed part of the branches. It's so large and so heavy, they'll need a back hoe to remove it Friday.

The manager says kids called the famed Oak the "Witchy Tree." They say, since it had so much moss hanging from the branches, it actually looked like a witch at night.

This tree will only cost the business about $500 to remove. However, the average cost to cut down a tree can range anywhere from $3,600 to $6,000 depending on the size and the amount of damage. The storm damage across the state has reached an estimated $50 million to clean up.

With more showers expected through the weekend, Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens urges people to take inventory of their belongings incase another disaster strikes.

iPhone users can also take pictures of their items, scan barcodes, and add purchase prices and dates through an app provided by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. It's called Scr.APP.bk.

People can also call Georgia's Consumer Services Division at 1-800-656-2298 if they have problems reaching their insurance company. Phone lines are open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

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