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Residents face major clean up efforts after storm

Posted: February 19, 2014 - 1:32pm
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An oak tree split in half at Adam Fentress' North Augusta home, damaging his roof. The other half of the tree barely missed a neighbor's house.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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An oak tree split in half at Adam Fentress' North Augusta home, damaging his roof. The other half of the tree barely missed a neighbor's house.

Adam Fentress knows the damage from last week’s ice storm could have been worse.

The large oak tree that lay in pieces on both sides of Belair Road in Belvedere could have crushed his house, instead of just puncturing the roof.

The tree split down the middle at 1:30 a.m. Feb. 12, while he and his fiancée, Melissa Moore, slept.

“It was loud,” he said. “Every­body came out, but trees had been falling all night.”

Half of the oak fell toward his backyard, a large limb knocking a hole in the roof of the house on the way down.

The other half fell across the road and into Kaitlyn Blackwood’s driveway, narrowly missing her house.

Blackwood said she had to drive through the neighbor’s yard to get her car out of the driveway.

“It’s been a nightmare,” she said.

On Saturday afternoon, limbs and chunks of tree trunks were piled on both sides of the street, with a path cut just large enough for cars to pass through.

Fentress said he went to bed early Friday night, exhausted after spending the day cutting wood.

More trees and branches had fallen in the backyard, and Saturday he continued working on cleaning up the mess around his house.

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