Neighbors look out for each other after mammoth tree falls

Mammoth tree falls on Joycliff Court in Macon

We've seen folks helping other folks with chainsaws, clearing roadways, and pitching in for their neighbors in the aftermath of Irma.

But there's one street on the Bibb-Jones county line where, for now, folks will have to give comfort over a fence. 

Nicholas Jordan grew up on Joycliff Court.

This is like a family street. We've got 13 families that stay on this street and I'm pretty sure everybody has everybody's number," he said with a big grin.

So when a giant tree crashed to the ground, Jordan checked on his neighbor.

"We played football out here, baseball. Actually, raked the leaves actually off of this tree every year, so we will have some memories missed, definitely," he said speaking of the property where the tree fell.

Nostalgia is one thing, but Jordan really feels for the Koleszars, who live next door to this house.

"They're blocked in for a good while. They have a tree in their yard, a power line in their yard, you have the power pole in their yard, so it's like way hard for them to get out," Jordan explained. "They actually have to jump over the fence. That's the only way to get out."

8-year-old Ethan recapped the afternoon of Irma.

"That tree I was pretty scared about, because I was wondering how we would leave the yard and is anyone going to get that tree," he said.

You can understand a third grader's anxiety -- it's hard to tell through a debris field that a driveway and even a house sits behind the limbs.

Evan's mom, Karin Koleszar, figures she might need tools they don't keep around the house.

"I would need a machete to get out and I don't have a machete," she joked.

They all know, eventually, someone will bring in heavy machinery and life will get back to normal. In the meantime, Evan is just taking it all in with the wonderment of a child.

"He's in heaven -- he gets to play boardgames, Karol said.

"Jenga, and we have some sock monkey games, too," Evan exclaimed.

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