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Albany heavily damaged by Monday's weather

Monday's storms left several trees on homes. (Source: WALB) Monday's storms left several trees on homes. (Source: WALB)
Electric poles fell on parked cars. (Source: WALB) Electric poles fell on parked cars. (Source: WALB)
David James said he hopes this is the last of the storms. (Source: WALB) David James said he hopes this is the last of the storms. (Source: WALB)
Maggie Kelley was out volunteering Monday night. (Source: WALB) Maggie Kelley was out volunteering Monday night. (Source: WALB)
Teresa Knight is a volunteer. She said there is a lot of work to be done. (Source: WALB) Teresa Knight is a volunteer. She said there is a lot of work to be done. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The aftermath of Monday's destructive storms is bringing back a familiar sight for residents here in South Georgia. 

Trees are broken in half, many are toppled on houses and power lines cover cars.

For folks in Albany, these storms are all too familiar. 

"I hope it's over for me," said Albany resident David James. "This is the third time for me. I hope it's over." 

James watched from his house across the street as parts of his car washing business were thrown onto a nearby home.

"It was amazing though to watch all that stuff blowing around like it was," said James.

At the Home Depot, sheds tipped over and were blown across the parking lot. 

"I did not expect to see all this," said assistant manager Walter Gill. "I just thought it was just a normal wind."

Leon Spurlin was there with his wife shopping for flowers and a new fence. 

"Next thing you know, we were running inside just to take cover," said Spurlin.

It didn't take long after the storms passed through, that volunteers already started clearing debris from houses.

"We knew it was bad and people were going to need us," said volunteer Maggie Kelley. "And that's what we do. We love doing it."

Her crew has been working non-stop since the storms hit on January 2nd. Many of the volunteers were shocked by the aftermath of Monday's storm. 

"I was surprised how much damage there was with this storm. I really was," Kelley said.

Across town, another group of volunteers were out working hard.

"Once again storm number three," Teresa Knight said. 

Knight said her crews have been flooded with calls and Facebook messages from residents who need help getting out of their homes. 

"Tonight that's the first thing first. Making sure people get out of their driveways and roads are clear," said Knight. 

Volunteer crews didn't stop until well after dark.

They said they'd be out again when the sun rises Tuesday morning. 

If you have trees down on your house or in your yard in Dougherty County, the hotline from the previous storms is still available. 

You can call 800-451-1954. 

If you have a chainsaw and want to help clear trees you can call (229) 881-7205. That number is only for those that have chainsaws and want to volunteer. 

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