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Sylvester and Worth County cleans up

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February 14, 2007

Sylvester --  It was all hands on deck as Worth Countians cleaned up from Tuesday's powerful storms.  The storms ripped down power lines, uprooted hundred year old trees, toppled trees onto houses and barns, and even overturned a silo.

Many of those with damage were out early hoping to finish the cleanup, but for some it may take more than this week to clean everything up.

Pitchforks and rakes were pushed into service as the cleanup from Tuesday's storms got underway.  "We're going to the landfill a lot today, we've already made some loads and we're just cleaning up and going to the landfill that's all you can do at this point," said Glenn Parkman, Family Wellness Center Owner.

Two classrooms at the Family Wellness Center in Sylvester where the roof was torn off were emptied. A temporary roof will be in place Thursday.

"The crew is in Brunswick I believe, and he's going to pull them off that job, said he'd be here in the morning to get this fixed," said Parkman.

While the tree is out of the Whitacre's house, there's still plenty of debris in the yard and inside the house the damage worsened overnight.

"After we covered the tarp on top of the roof, some more of the ceiling tiles fell down I reckon the moisture during the night, during the rain softened them up and they fell down during the night," said Lanny Whitacre, Homeowner.

Their insurance adjustor was expected this afternoon, then the Whitacre's can begin cleaning up their home.

"We got some trusses broken, the OSB broken off the roof, so we're basically going to have to take the whole down to the roof off and redo it," said Whitacre.

It will be several weeks before they'll be back in those rooms. The Family Wellness Center plans to open sooner than that.

"We hope to have that back running tonight, we're going to get the electricity on later today, our karate classes and all that meet here, tell all those people if we're not able to meet in this building we'll meet in the gym on Thursday night," said Parkman.

Proving Worth County knows how to weather a storm.

The Whitacre's say homeowners insurance will cover most of the storm damage to their home.

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