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February 13, 2014

Thousands still powerless, agencies working non-stop

MILLEDGEVILLE —

Baldwin County's timber could only take so much icy buildup from Winter Storm Pax.

Since Tuesday night, broken limbs and even entire trees toppled to the ground damaging property, power lines and leaving thousands without necessary electricity supply.

DeLancey Carson and husband Tim were relaxing at home around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, when they heard crashing noises outside of their home near the intersection of Kings Road and Highway 24.

“I didn't know if cars had crashed outside,” DeLancey said. “There was lots of electrical cracking and popping. Our lights flickered for a couple seconds and went off. We both ran outside and saw that it toppled two trees.”

One pine tree crushed Tim's car, while DeLancey's car escaped with minor dents. 

“We were thankful we were still safe because cars can be replaced,” she said.

The Carsons stayed with family Wednesday night fearing other trees might fall into their home.

“As we were packing up, smaller branches were falling from one of the huge trees angled toward our house,” DeLancey said. “We were not staying.”

Local tree removal companies have run wide open since the ice accumulation began. 

Adam Kennedy from Kennedy & Son Tree Service said Thursday morning calls were picking up as citizens came outside to assess any damage. He said limbs were breaking everywhere.

The tree expert said smaller pine trees were uprooting, while elms were popping at the fork.

Kennedy & Son's bucket truck, chipper and skid-steer did their best to answer the massive amount of winter storm work.

“You do what you can to help everybody,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy said his company was mostly clearing out driveways. 

The 25-year-old tree service business actually saved a home Wednesday night.

“We had a tree uprooted about to fall on a house,” Kennedy said. “We cut it and made it miss the house.”

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