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Neighbors clean up Dawson storm damage

Several homes have trees on them in Dawson. (Source: WALB) Several homes have trees on them in Dawson. (Source: WALB)
Crews were working on Monday to clean up debris. (Source: WALB) Crews were working on Monday to clean up debris. (Source: WALB)
Tommy Poupard is the city's interim police chief. (Source: WALB) Tommy Poupard is the city's interim police chief. (Source: WALB)
Ken Claybaugh is a Dawson resident whose home was impacted. (Source: WALB) Ken Claybaugh is a Dawson resident whose home was impacted. (Source: WALB)
DAWSON, GA (WALB) -

Folks in Dawson are knee deep in storm debris. 

Many spent Monday and their full weekend cleaning up.

This after straight line winds and heavy rain left one neighborhood with trees down and parts of the city without power. 

"There's trees down everywhere," said Ken Claybaugh, a Dawson resident. "Everybody is cutting and pulling so it's all coming together."

Piece by piece folks in Dawson are recovering from Friday's storm. 

"If you see a need, fill a need. We can help out where we can," said Claybaugh.

The straight-line winds may have torn apart neighborhoods physically, but as a community it brought neighbors together. 

 "People in Dawson will step up and come out and help," explained Dawson Interim Police Chief Tommy Poupard. "That's heartwarming to see that."

Claybaugh said he's been working with his neighbors all weekend to get their street cleaned up.

"Oh everybody in the neighborhood. If they can do it they will help out," said Claybaugh.  

While much of the debris has been moved to the curb, some are facing bigger challenges. Several trees fell on rooftops. 

Claybaugh said when he talks to residents about cleanup, he also talks to them about staying prepared. 

"I'm telling everybody. Go to the store, get your candles, get some water and whatever else you need for emergency supplies.," Claybaugh said. 

Poupard said the storm passed through as quickly as it appeared. 

"I wasn't that concerned with it until the lights went out in my house and I knew we had a problem," explained Poupard. 

Both Poupard and residents said the pop-up storm should serve as a warning to people everywhere. 

"Living in South Georgia, there are three things you can count on," chuckled Claybaugh. "The weather is going to change, The neighborhood is going to change when the weather does and the third thing is don't count on the weather staying the same."

Poupard said he recommends that folks have a emergency kit ready for any weather.

No injuries were reported over the  weekend.

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